Homes evacuated near West Whiteland explosion site

    Update: Around 2:20 p.m., the evacuation order was lifted after the hazmat situation was cleared.

    Original report: The Johnson Matthey plant and nearby homes in West Whiteland, Chester County, have been evacuated after a hydrogen trailer exploded this morning.

    Action News reports one injured person was taken to Crozer Chester Medical Center in an unknown condition and King Road is shut down between Ravine and Phoenixville Pike.


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    The Red Cross is already on the scene and will be at the East Whiteland Fire Department to assist with a reception center.

    Here is the official announcement from PEMA:

    “An immediate evacuation is issued for West Whiteland Township in Chester County due to fire at Johnson Matthey Company.  Residents in the area are to evacuate to East Whiteland Fire Company, 170 Planebrook Road, off Rt. 30 Frazer – evacuated roads include King Road, Ravine Road, Glen Loch Way and Lewis Lane.   Residents needing assistance should call 610-344-5005. Motorists and pedestrians should avoid unnecessary travel within the perimeter of the area. Stay tuned to your local televison and radio network for updated information.”

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