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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ammonia Leak Kills Meat Worker

An ammonia leak Thursday at the Mikoyan meat processing plant in southern Moscow left one employee dead and two others hospitalized.

A cargo truck damaged a plant pipeline filled with a cooling agent at around 2 a.m., causing the toxic leak, the Emergency Situations Ministry's Moscow branch said.

One Mikoyan employee died after inhaling the gas, and two others were hospitalized with respiratory problems at the Sklifosovsky First Aid Hospital, Interfax reported.

About 100 kilograms of the gas was released, but the leak did not go beyond the plant's premises on Volgogradsky Prospekt, Interfax said. Night-shift workers were evacuated, and the damaged pipe was quickly sealed.

Mikoyan said the ammonia had not come into contact with any of its meat products.

A law enforcement source told Interfax that the driver of the truck was being sought by police.