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Suspected chlorine leak at Elmhurst hotel, waterpark sickens 20
By Catherine Edman | Daily Herald Staff

The Mayan Adventure Waterpark at the Elmhurst Holiday Inn in opened in 2006.

 

Daily Herald File Photo, 2006

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Published: 1/21/2008 2:39 PM | Updated: 1/21/2008 6:47 PM

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Twenty people were sent to area hospitals this afternoon following a suspected chlorine leak at the Holiday Inn on York Road in Elmhurst.

Paramedics and firefighters were called to the hotel, which includes the Mayan Adventure Waterpark, just after 1:30 p.m. At least 16 ambulances were on site, according to witnesses.

Almost of the victims were treated and released from five area hospitals, officials said.

The source of the chemical exposure was a zero-gravity pool used primarily by children.

Emergency responders sought assistance from at least a dozen surrounding fire departments.