UPDATE: Chemical Reaction at Chrysler Plant Sends 1 to Hospital

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BELVIDERE (WIFR) -- A person is sent to the hospital and many more evacuated after a chemical accident at the Belvidere Chrysler Plant.

Belvidere’s Fire Chief says the situation is stable and they are monitoring the air quality inside the plant but they are allowing tonight’s shift to come in for work.

Video from earlier today shows a large number of workers standing out in the cold when the entire day shift was evacuated today just afternoon.

Chrysler says two chemicals were mixed by employees that shouldn’t have been. Workers say that chemical reaction created a very strong odor. The fire department says the one person who was sent to the hospital was the only injury at the scene and don’t know that person’s condition at this time.

The fire department says they’re still investigating this incident.

Nearly 4,500 people work at the plant. The Belvidere Fire Department brought in private contractors to help with cleanup.

UPDATE: We have received confirmation from the Chrysler corporate office that second shift employees should report as normal today. The shift starts at 6 p.m. tonight.

Earlier this afternoon, employees were evacuated due to what has been called a chemical incident at the plant.

We will have more on this story tonight at 23 News at 5 & 6.

BELVIDERE (WIFR) -- This afternoon, Chrysler employees were evacuated due to a chemical incident at the plant in Belvidere. Below is the statement from the Chrysler corporate office:

Statement Regarding Evacuation of Belvidere Assembly Plant

At 12:06 p.m. (CT) on Tuesday, Nov. 12, Chrysler Group’s Belvidere Assembly Plant was evacuated as a precaution following a chemical mixing incident that occurred in an area adjacent to the old body shop. The plant immediately implemented its emergency response plan, and is working with the Belvidere Fire Department to investigate the nature and cause of the incident. Production has currently been halted as the plant is ventilated. Under direction of the fire department, some employees have been allowed to return to specific areas of the plant where the air quality samples have been found to be at acceptable levels. Production will resume when it is safe to do so.

We will continue to update you as we learn more.

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