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Published on May 24, 2024
Chemical Spill at South Nashville XPO Logistics Sends Four to Hospital, Triggers EvacuationsSource: Google Street View

An early morning chemical spill at a South Nashville shipping facility sent four to the hospital and prompted evacuations, authorities said Friday. The potentially hazardous mishap occurred at XPO Logistics, where a vapor cloud formed and individuals complained of ailment, according to WSMV.

The incident was reported just after 1:00 a.m., and first responders from the Nashville Fire Department were quick on the scene arriving to manage the danger, during which time four people with respiratory issues were taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center, a Nashville Fire spokesperson said, per WKRN, luckily the injuries were said to be non-life-threatening but the emergency sent ripples throughout the nearby business community including the precautionary evacuation of the Cornerstone Frozen Bakery.

Officials from the fire department acted to prevent the chemical from polluting waterways ensuring no toxins entered the local drainage system, a move lauded by Metro Water Services, the firefighting squad quickly contained the spill and the event did not escalate further as per FOX 17's report.

With the immediate threat neutralized, the responsibility for clean-up has reverted to the proprietors of XPO Logistics, they have taken control of the situation and are undertaking the necessary measures to sanitize the facility and avert any lingering hazards, all this illustrating the quick response and coordination among the emergency teams and the private sector to shield employees and the larger community from harm despite the setbacks of an industrial misfortune.