Darlington A&E reopens chemical burns cases force closure

An accident and emergency unit has reopened after two patients needing treatment for chemical burns forced its closure for about two hours.

The recycling workers were decontaminated by staff at Darlington Memorial Hospital.

The unit was only accepting life-threatening cases following the "chemical incident", officials said.

The men have been discharged and are fit and well, it was confirmed.

The patients arrived at the hospital at about 10:45 BST, following an incident near McMullen Road.

They suffered skin irritation and breathing difficulties, the hospital said.

Initially it was believed there were three patients, but police confirmed one of the three people who came to the hospital was not affected by the incident.

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