Two men treated after Durham paint chemical spill

Two men have been taken to hospital after inhaling fumes after a chemical spill in County Durham.

Crews were called to the Aycliffe Industrial Business Park on Tuesday evening after reports of a 45-gallon drum rupturing inside a lorry.

Crews from Darlington, Bishop Auckland and Newton Aycliffe managed to seal off the leak and the men were taken to hospital as a precaution.

The drum, containing a paint chemical, ruptured when the lorry braked heavily.

David Turnbull, operations manager for the Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, said the lorry braked suddenly to avoid an accident.

He said: "We dealt with this as we would any other 999 call - crews arrived and made sure the spill wasn't going any further.

"It was confined to the industrial site - we have isolated the leak and sealed it and the drums will be taken away this morning."

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