Press-Republican

June 16, 2013

Hazmat incident at border crossing

By AMY HEGGEN, Contributing Writer
Press-Republican

---- — CHAMPLAIN — An unknown substance was discovered in a vehicle attempting to cross the border Saturday morning.

At about 6:30 a.m., an individual attempting to cross the border in Champlain underwent a secondary inspection by border patrol officers.

During the secondary inspection, six of the officers experienced symptoms of illness, said Kelly Donoghue, assistant director of Clinton County Emergency Services.

The officers were sent to CVPH Medical Center and were later released.

The driver of the car was taken into custody, Donoghue said.

“At this time, the subject is being detained.”

Officials are still investigating the situation and the unknown substance.

“At no time was the public in danger,” Donoghue said.

There is no concern that the incident is a terrorist act and the border crossing is operating as normal, he said.

The Champlain Fire Department, as well as other local, county and federal resources were on-site to assist in the operation.

No further information was available Saturday.