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ABINGDON

Herbicide sprayed on children at day care

Children at a day care center were sprayed accidentally with herbicide Tuesday when a train sprayed herbicide on weeds along a track near the building.

Four children were playing by a fence at Miss Amy”s Child Care, when the train passed by. Two children complained of irritation in their eyes and itching.

The children were taken to a grassy area away from the tracks. The four who were sprayed were taken inside, washed off and their clothes were changed.

Robin Chapman, a Norfolk Southern spokesman, said that the incident will be investigated but that a wind shift caused the spray to blow away from the tracks to the day care center.

NatureChem, the company contracted to spray the herbicide, did not comment.

Railroad workers washed the day care center”s outdoor toys and began removing 105 tons of sand from the play area so it can be replaced.

RICHMOND

Acid spill closes southbound I-95

All southbound lanes of Interstate 95 were closed yesterday afternoon for about three hours in Stafford County after a truck carrying nitric acid started leaking.

The tractor-trailer was traveling through Stafford County when the driver had to brake abruptly to keep from hitting a vehicle. The load in his trailer shifted, causing the nitric acid to leak. Officials said most of the spill stayed in the trailer and was absorbed in the flooring.

There were no injuries or property damage reported.

The interstate opened about 4:30 p.m.

MARYLAND

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