Bloomberg Law
April 25, 2019, 9:39 PM

Illinois Highway Ammonia Spill Injures 37, Investigation Ongoing

Stephen Joyce
Stephen Joyce
Staff Correspondent

A cloud of toxic ammonia hospitalized 37 people after it leaked from storage tanks that a farm tractor was towing on a highway about 50 miles north of Chicago.

Emergency personnel were notified of a chemical release occurring in the village of Beach Park, Ill., at 4:30 a.m. on April 25, and police closed a one-mile perimeter around the spill site until 10 a.m., Christopher Covelli, a spokesman for the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, said in an interview.

“There was some type of leak that occurred from the actual tanks containing the anhydrous ammonia,” Covelli said. “All of a ...