On Friday, (January 10), Iredell County Emergency Services and area Hazardous Material Response Teams responded to a hazardous material release at Lineage Logistics in Statesville.
Plant personnel called Iredell Emergency Communications just before 2:00 p.m. to report an incident involving an anhydrous ammonia leak inside their facility on Taylorsville Highway. One worker at the plant was pronounced dead at the scene and one worker was transported to a Winston Salem hospital in critical condition.
35-year-old Anthony Edward Lamattino of Woodstock, Georgia, died as a result of the ammonia release and was an employee of a contractor working at the Lineage Logistics facility in Statesville. Two Iredell County emergency responders were evaluated at a local hospital as a precaution for their exposure to the chemical. They were released early Friday evening.
Hazardous Material Response Teams and Emergency Services staff continued to monitor conditions inside the plant and in the area around the plant. Air monitoring outside the plant in the aftermath of the incident showed levels well below the threshold for concern to area residents and was not expected to cause health issues. Emergency responders remained on the scene through Saturday (January 11). Lineage Logistics is a warehousing and cold storage facility.
Agencies at the scene included Iredell County Emergency Management, Monticello Fire Department, Statesville Fire and Hazardous Material Response Team, Mooresville Fire and Hazardous Material Response Team, Regional Response Team – 7 Hazardous Materials Response Team from Charlotte Fire Department, Iredell County EMS, Iredell County Rescue Squad, Iredell County Sheriff’s Office, NC State Highway Patrol, and US EPA.