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Albert Gallatin teacher hospitalized after 'chemical spill'

Mary Pickels
| Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, 1:04 p.m.

A teacher at Albert Gallatin High School in Fayette County remains hospitalized since last week when she was burned in an accident in a chemistry lab.

Superintendent Carl Bezjak and high school Principal Jason Hutchinson confirmed that chemistry teacher Bethany Herman suffered burns to her hands in the Oct. 10 incident.

“We had a chemical spill in a chemistry room closet. No students were involved,” Hutchinson said Thursday.

The chemical, which Hutchinson described as “acid-based,” was recovered and contained.

Bezjak said the container apparently had a leak.

The incident happened shortly before 7 a.m., before classes started, Hutchinson said.

The spill was cleaned, the room was ventilated, and the chemical has been removed from the classroom, he said.

A spokeswoman at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital said Herman was listed in fair condition on Thursday.

“We wish her a speedy recovery,” Bezjak said.

Mary Pickels is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-5401 or

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