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Update: I-77 in Tuscarawas County reopens after chemical spill
WEWS reports I-77 in Tuscarawas County is now open, elementary school evacuated, residents told to stay inside
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A portion of I-77 in Tuscarawas County was closed for several hours earlier today as crews responded to a chemical reaction at Dover Chemical Corporation. Police in Dover-Strasburg area told residents to stay indoors and close their windows. The plant is located along I-77 and the highway was closed in both directions from Strasburg to New Philadelphia. WEWS reports one person has been hospitalized.  There have been four incidents within the past three years at the plant, the most recent in February when a worker suffered chemical burns. We’ll have more information as it becomes available.

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A nearby elementary school was evacuated. 

There have been four incidents within the past three years at the plant, the most recent in February when a worker suffered chemical burns.  We’ll have more information as it becomes available. 
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I was in Dover this morning when the incident occured. Highway traffic was routed off of I-77 and down wooster ave, which was partially blocked off for road construction. Basically all highway traffic funneled to 1 lane in either direction.
Fun times.


Posted by: Steve Reynolds (Canton Ohio) on May 21, 2012 7:05AM
Live 1.5 miles from dover chem, veru scary to those of us who live nearby, what about long term exposure??
It is a hugh concern to all of our area residents and families


Posted by: carol (cacollins4@gmail.com) on May 21, 2012 2:05AM
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