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Hazmat team called to University Avenue

Rochester, N.Y.- A hazmat team was dispatched to a home in Rochester Thursday morning after a refuse worker fell ill after moving garbage at the residence.

It happened on University Avenue just before 11 a.m. according to Lt. Ted Kuppinger of the Rochester Fire Department.

The city refuse worker was picking up trash during his normal morning route when something within the trash spilled, making the worker sick as well as a person standing nearby, said Kuppinger. Both were transported to area hospitals with what are not considered serious injuries.

Hazardous materials teams were called in and living and working nearby were asked to stay in inside.

A spokesperson with the Rochester Fire Department said the worker began feeling dizzy and started sweating while he was loading up garbage from a home.

 Gibbs Street to Scio Street was shut down, as well as East Main Street to the Inner Loop.

The section that was closed is expected to re-open before the 5 o'clock rush hour.

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