Chemical spill sends dozens of Mauston students to hospital

Authorities: Precautionary measure due to chemical pool system failure

About 40 students were transported to Hess Memorial Hospital in Mauston for evaluation after a reported chemical spill Friday morning.

Mauston Fire Chief Kim Hale said a pool hose came off at Gordon Olson Middle School causing a chemical to leak at about 10:30 a.m. In a joint news release, the Mauston School District and Mauston Police and Fire Departments called the incident a chemical pool system failure and said students were immediately evacuated to Mauston High School next door.

Authorities said dozens of students were evaluated at the hospital for precautionary measure. Parents of the transported students were called immediately to respond to the hospital while students were being evaluated.

The remaining students had lunch at the high school and will stay there until the regularly scheduled end of the day, the release stated.

Chief Hale said the leak was contained shortly after noon but the middle school will stay empty for the rest of Friday and be ventilated.

The following agencies responded to the Olson Middle School and the High School: Mauston Police and Fire Departments, Mauston EMS, Camp Douglas EMS, Elroy EMS, Wisconsin State Patrol, Juneau County Sheriff’s Department, Sandridge EMS && Staff and Jevco Bus Company.