Two people at the Oscar Mayer Food Corp. plant on the north side suffered chemical burn injuries Wednesday morning when a cleaning solution started leaking from a delivery truck, authorities reported.

The accident was reported at about 7:09 a.m. Wednesday.

Madison Fire Department spokesman Eric Dahl said firefighters from Engine Co. 10 responded to the scene, along with the Hazardous Materials team.

Employees in the immediate area were initially evacuated, but were able to return once the chemical was known.

Oscar Mayer spokeswoman Sydney Lindner said a supplier was delivering a cleaning solution to the plant Wednesday morning when the mishap occurred.

"Due to the extreme cold the solution apparently froze in the delivery truck," Lindner said. "The driver was attempting to unfreeze the cleaning solution when it began to leak from the truck."

Both the truck driver and Oscar Mayer employee sustained injuries and were taken to UW Hospital.

"Less than five gallons of an alkaline material known as Quadex 100 was spilled into a containment tank designed to catch chemical leaks or spills at the factory," Dahl said. "Firefighters said the leak was stopped and there was no hazard to the environment or the public."

No other injuries were reported, Dahl said. The worker's injuries were not life threatening.

"This morning's situation did not impact plant operations and we are fully operational," Lindner said.


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