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Dock workers hospitalized from chemical spill

October 24, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Three dock workers at the Port of Los Angeles have been hospitalized following a chemical spill on board a cargo ship Saturday.The chemical is called xylenol and is sometimes used in pesticides. The leak was reported around 4 p.m. aboard the APL Sweden at Berth 303.

A fire department spokesman said the spill was only a couple of gallons, but three workers did have respiratory problems and were taken to the hospital.

No land-based evacuations were ordered, but the ship was evacuated while a hazardous materials team investigated.

City News Service contributed to this report.


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