Emergency crews respond to Indian Summer co-op.

October 5, 2021

Emergency crews respond to Indian Summer co-op.

This story has been updated. 

RIVERTON TOWNSHIP — Emergency personnel are on scene at Indian Summer Co-op, 3958 W. Chauvez Rd., for a possible hazardous material situation. Five people were transported by ambulance to Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital and the facilities have been evacuated, according to Riverton Township Fire Chief Joe Cooper. Two other people were examined by medical personnel on scene but were not transported.

Cooper said the employees were in a cooler taking inventory when the incident occurred. “There was a forklift in the cooler that was left running. The exhaust from the forklift increased the carbon monoxide levels in the cooler which is what caused the employees to start feeling ill,” Cooper said. One person was reported to be unconscious and was transported to the hospital in emergency mode. Cooper said each of the patients were given additional oxygen to reduce the carbon monoxide levels in their bodies.

Cooper said the fire department was in the process of letting the cooler to air out and reduce the carbon monoxide levels.

Riverton Township Fire Department and Pere Marquette Township Fire Department were dispatched at 11:17 a.m.

More updates will be posted when information is available.

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