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Large chemical spill at Oxford BMW Mini plant

19 August 2016

Aftermath of acid leak at Mini plantThe spillage took place in Building 50 at the BMW Mini plant in Cowley

About 100 litres of hydrochloric acid leaked from a container at the BMW Mini plant in Oxford.

A hazardous materials decontamination crew was sent to the Cowley site at about 02:00 BST.

One person taken to John Radcliffe Hospital after breathing in vapour has since been given the all clear.

Six fire crews attended the incident and put a cordon in place. The spillage took place in Building 50 on the site.

Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus and gas tight suits removed other chemical containers.

A spokesperson for Mini Plant Oxford said the company will carry out an investigation and the Health & Safety Executive has been informed.

Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service is continuing to secure the affected area, with a specialist chemical cleaning company removing the acid.

Incident commander Will McPhail said: "We have worked closely with colleagues from South Central Ambulance Service, Thames Valley Police and BMW emergency response staff to prevent the incident from escalating and maintain scene safety."


Article Source: BBC News