Dozens of People Sprayed by Crop Duster in Yuma

Dozens of People Sprayed by Crop Duster in Yuma


YUMA - KSWT News 13 has learned a crop duster has sprayed about three dozen people working in a west Yuma field.

It happened this evening at Avenue G and West County 12th Street.

Rural Metro Fire Department says about 33 people were working in the field when they were doused with chemicals from a crop duster. Charly McMurdie of Rural Metro says the spray consisted of an insecticide and a fungicide. The area is being treated as a haz-mat scene.  

Teams from multiple agencies were on scene, including Yuma Fire, the Yuma County Sheriff's Office and Somerton. The sprayed workers were being decontaminated on-site and then taken to the hospital in multiple ambulances.

McMurdie says at least 10 people were taken to the hospital. Eight people had minor injuries. Two people were transported with serious injuries.

At this time, it's unknown why the crop duster sprayed the field while people were in it.

KSWT News 13 will continue to follow this story and bring you further details as they become available.

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