One hospitalized Brooklyn Heights chemical spill

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, Ohio - One person was hospitalized Tuesday after being overcome by fumes in a hazardous chemical spill in the village of Brooklyn Heights.

The spill occurred around 11:20 a.m. in the parking lot of Coventya, Inc., located in the 4600 block of Van Epps Road, according to the Brooklyn Heights fire chief.

The chief said a tow motor truck operator struck and punctured a 55 gallon barrel of unknown hazardous ‘acid’ materials, then about 15 to 20 gallons of chemicals spilled onto the ground.

When fire crews arrived, a box truck driver at the scene appeared to have been overcome by fumes and was transported by ambulance to MetroHealth Medical Center. A condition was not released.

The area of Van Epps Road is blocked off as HAZMAT crews, EPA officials and Brooklyn Heights Fire Department investigate the spill.

According to their website, Coventya, Inc. develops and supplies chemicals for surface finishing.

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