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2 people rescued after being trapped inside chocolate tank at Lancaster County candy factory

The incident at the Mars Wrigley plant in Elizabethtown occurred shortly before 2 p.m. Thursday.

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. — Two people were rescued after falling inside a chocolate tank while doing maintenance work at the Mars M&M chocolates facility on Thursday afternoon.

According to emergency dispatch, crews were sent to the factory in the 200 block of S. Brown Street in Elizabethtown around 1:50 p.m. on June 9.

The two people work for an outside contracting firm, officials said, and it's not clear how they fell into the tank. Emergency responders were able to free the pair by cutting a hole in the bottom of the tank, officials said.

It wasn't clear if either person was injured, but they were taken to hospitals to be evaluated. Their names and further details on their conditions were not disclosed.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident. An OSHA official declined comment on the matter, citing the ongoing investigation.

A Mars Wrigley spokesperson gave the following statement:

"We can confirm both people have been taken offsite for further evaluation. We’re extremely grateful for the quick work of the first responders."

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