15 people hospitalized after Ind. chemical blast

/ Source: The Associated Press

State police said 15 people were taken to a hospital after an explosion released a cloud of hydrochloric acid gas at a southern Indiana engine plant.

State police spokesman Chad Dick said the accident was reported about 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Jasper Engines & Transmissions plant in Carefree, about 35 miles west of Louisville, Kentucky.

No fatalities were reported. The injuries were not life-threatening, Dick said.

Dick said workers were mixing chemicals when a cloud of hydrochloric acid gas was created and people were evacuated from the plant.

A hazardous materials team from Louisville was en route to the scene.

Jasper Engines employs about 1,600 people at locations in Jasper and Crawford County. The company refurbishes engines and transmissions.