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Crop-duster sprays Yuma farmworkers with pesticide

Crop-duster sprays Yuma farmworkers with pesticide

CREATED Dec. 22, 2012

Web Producer: Taylor Higgins

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) - At least 10 farmworkers have been taken to hospitals in Yuma after a crop-dusting plane sprayed them with agricultural chemicals.

Rural/Metro fire department officials say Friday night's incident exposed more than 40 farmworkers and required them all to be decontaminated. That involved the workers stripping off their clothes in the cold night air and being sprayed with a fire hose.

Many of the workers complained of irritation to the eyes, nose, throat and skin.

Fire Capt. Don Graham tells the Yuma Sun two workers were in a field about five miles west of Yuma and 40 others were in buses.

Two of the ten workers taken to a Yuma hospital were in serious condition late Friday. The name of the chemical and the crop-dusting company were not released.

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