49 female inmates sickened by gas at Pa. prison

YORK, Pa. (AP) - Nearly 50 female inmates at a central Pennsylvania prison have been treated for carbon monoxide poisoning.

A statement from York County says five inmates remained hospitalized as of Thursday morning. The remaining 44 have been returned to the York County Prison.

The women fell ill Wednesday evening in a prison dormitory.

Officials say a preliminary investigation indicates the deadly odorless and colorless gas may have come from the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system.

That system has been shut down. The county's statement says carbon monoxide levels have returned to normal.

About 215 women are incarcerated at the facility, 85 miles west of Philadelphia.

Prisoners living in the affected unit have been relocated to other areas in the facility.

Warden Mary Sabol tells the York Daily Record she and the prison board will discuss installing CO detectors.


(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Top Stories

  • Devastated
    Teens cling to life, 2 dead after Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting

  • Week In Photos
    Great heights and breathtaking images from around the world this week
ATTENTION COMMENTERS: We've changed our comments, but want to keep you in the conversation.
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus
Sign up for breaking news e-mail alerts from MyNorthwest.com
In the community
Do you know an exceptional citizen who has impacted and inspired others?
KIRO Radio and WSECU would like to recognize six oustanding citizens this year. Nominate them to be recognized and to receive a $2,000 charitable grant.