A MOTORWAY maintenance depot on the M27 was evacuated this morning following a reported potential chemical incident.
Police, fire and ambulance services were called to the Highways Agency depot in Park Gate, near junction 9 of the motorway at Whiteley, shortly before 8.20am, after reports of ‘a strange smell.’
South Central Ambulance Service treated six people at the scene who were feeling unwell, and also deployed its hazardous area response team (HART).
A spokesman for the service said: ‘The patients were all thoroughly assessed by ambulance staff due to the potential of chemicals being involved.
‘Following a variety of tests at the scene no one actually required hospital treatment. Luckily they were all ok.’
A spokesman for Hampshire Police said: ‘There was a strange smell that had been detected, with some people feeling unwell following that.
‘We went down to assist. Fire services vented a building and were investigating to see what the cause was. The cause was unknown.
There were no road closures put in place and emergency services left the scene later in the morning.