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Both victims die following hazmat incident at Cleveland chemical transport company

Hazmat scene in Cleveland
Hazmat scene in Cleveland(Source: Cleveland Fire)
Updated: Feb. 21, 2020 at 1:25 PM EST
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that that both victims hospitalized during Thursday’s hazardous materials incident on Thursday died from their injuries.

Ashley Friedman, a 30-year-old Lorain woman, and 60-year-old Alan Linder, were pronounced dead at University Hospitals in Cleveland, according to the coroner.

Lt. Mike Norman, spokesperson for the Cleveland Fire Department, said Friedman and Linder were initially taken from the scene in critical condition on Thursday afternoon.

The two became overwhelmed by chemical fumes while cleaning a tanker truck in the garage for Kenan Advantage Group, a company that transports chemical mixtures for industrial and specialty uses, near East 81st Street and Union Avenue.

Friedman was first impacted by the fumes, according to Norman. Linder then tried to rescue her after seeing she was impacted.

Ohio’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the workplace fatality.

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