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Good Samaritan Hospital’s ER Reopens After Chemical Spill

Posted: 9:45 AM, Sep 24, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-24 18:31:21-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– A section of a Lexington hospital has been reopened and is fully functioning again following a chemical spill.

It happened around 5:30 a.m. Monday at UK Good Samaritan Hospital on South Limestone.

Officials say about eight ounces of liquid phenol, a toxic and corrosive substance, spilled in a pharmacy located in the basement of the hospital.

A janitor tried to clean the liquid off the ground with a towel, but he felt a tingling in his hand

The area was evacuated.

A total of five individuals were rinsed down for decontamination and an additional 14 staff members were checked out in the ER. There were no injuries.