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Delaware Memorial Bridge reopens after chemical gas leak in New Castle​

November 25, 2018 - 6:14 pm

NEW CASTLE, DE (KYW Newsradio) -- Talk about a nightmare commute! A chemical gas leak leaded to a bridge closure in our area, causing all sorts of problems for drivers to end Thanksgiving weekend.

Officials announced late Sunday night that the Delaware Memorial Bridge has been reopened.

In a statement, officials with Croda Atlas Point say ethylene oxide began to release from the New Castle facility, in Delaware, at approximately 4:15 pm. Sunday.

Hazmat crews were called to the scene, after Croda says, “as a precaution highway traffic near the site was stopped."

Just before 11 p.m. Croda officials say "the situation is now under control," and that "the ethylene oxide release is fully contained."

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, "EtO (ethylene oxide) possesses several physical and health hazards that merit special attention. EtO is both flammable and highly reactive. Acute exposures to EtO gas may result in respiratory irritation and lung injury, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, shortness of breath, and cyanosis.

Thankfully, no injures have been reported at this time. 

Following the bridge's reopening, Croda issued this statement: "We deeply regret the significant inconvenience that this has had on the community and those travelling nearby. We are grateful for the help and support of the services involved and the cooperation of the people in the surrounding area. We will conduct an in-depth investigation to understand how we can prevent such an incident happening again."

The bridge closure however did leave many driver stuck in bumper to bumper traffic for hours, and some took to twitter while they waited.


KYW Newsradio's Kevin Wright and Andrew Kramer contributed to this story.