18:58 GMT03 March 2021
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    According to Hall County Fire Services spokesman Zach Brackett, the incident happened at 10:12 a.m. local time. Crews wearing hazmat suits have been dispatched to the scene.

    Six people have been killed after a liquid nitrogen leak occurred at the Prime Pak Foods poultry plant in Gainesville, Georgia, a spokesperson for Northeast Georgia Health System, Beth Downs, said Thursday. 

    According to the spokeswoman, five people were killed at the scene, while another died in the emergency room.

    At least five firefighters were injured and taken to local hospital, while some 130 employees were transported to a nearby church, where they were examined by medical personnel. Some of the staff members were taken to hospital.

    Several facilities in the vicinity of the plant have been closed, including a nearby elementary school. According to Hall County officials, the leak has been contained. 

    The cause of the leak is yet to be identified.

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