KEN: ITS HAPPENED AGAIN.. FOR THE SECOND TIME IN AS MANY WEEKS.. FARM WORKERS – ARE EXPOSED TO A PESTICIDE… THIS TIME – OVER 70 PEOPLE… WERE AFFECTED – WHILE OUT PICKING FRUIT… IN “FRESNO COUNTY.” SOME OF THEM — HAD TO BE TAKEN… TO A LOCAL HOSPITAL. KEN: GOOD EVENING, AND THANKS FOR JOINING US. I’M KEN MALLOY. KATHRYN: AND I’M KATHRYN HERR. KATHRYN: OFFICIALS SAY… THE CHEMICAL EXPOSURE… HAPPENED NEAR “GOLDENROD”… AND “WEST CENTRAL”… JUST SOUTH OF “KERMAN.” KATHRYN: CBS47’S PEDRO QUINTANA JOINS US… IN THE CONTROL ROOM… TO EXPLAIN HOW THIS HAPPENED… WE’LL THE FRESNO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAYS A CONTRACTOR DID NOT REALIZE THESE FARM WORKERS WERE WORKING IN A NEARBY FIELD.. BUT WIND CONDITIONS CAUSED THE PESTICIDE TO SPREAD.. MAKING THE WORKERS SICK. ### FARM WORKERS OUT HARVESTING FRUIT WERE EXPOSED TO A PESTICIDE. ACCORDING TO THE FRESNO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, FARM WORKERS WITH GERWAN FARMING WERE WORKING IN THIS ORCHARD WHEN A NEARBY CONTRACTER ON A TRACTOR WAS SPRAYING NEARBY. TAKE SOT: CAPT. MIKE RANGEL, FRESNO CITY FIRE, HAZMAT TEAM 01:19-01:26 “when we arrived we had a report of 75 people who were working in an orchard and were exposed to an unknown pesticide.” SOME OF THOSE WORKERS HAD TO BE RINSED OFF WITH SOAP AND WATER TO GET THE CHEMICAL OFF THEIR BODY. 24 PEOPLE WERE COMPLAINING OF SYMPTOMS, WHILE THREE WERE TAKEN TO A LOCAL HOSPITAL AFTER COMPLAINING OF RESPIRATORY ISSUES. TAKE SOT: 02:42-02:51 “some of those symptoms, were difficulty breathing, irriation to the ears and nose, airway and basically inducing a cough.” JUST LAST WEEK IN TULARE COUNTY, 63 FARM WORKERS WERE EXPOSED TO AN UNKNOWN PESTICIDE. A FARMER NEARBY WAS SPRAYING THE CHEMICAL AT A NEARBY FIELD WHEN THE PESTICIDE DRIFTED INTO THE VINEYARD WHERE THE WORKERS WERE WORKING. FRESNO COUNTY AG COMMISSIONER MELISSA CREGAN SAID FARMERS ARE RESPONSIBLE IN MAKING SURE THE PESTICIDE DOES NOT COME IN CONTACT WITH HUMANS. TAKE SOT: MELISSA CREGAN, FRESNO COUNTY AG COMMISSIONER 02:43 “I think the message is talk to your neighbors, look around, the applicator needs to be looking around and it’s their responsibility to asses their surroundings an make sure that theres not workers that are too close.” ### AND THOSE THREE FARM WORKERS WERE EVALUATED AT A LOCAL HOSPITAL AND ARE EXPECTED TO BE OKAY. PEDRO QUINTANA CBS 47 EYEWITNESS NEWS KATHRYN: TONIGHT… AUTHORITIES IN “CORCORAN”… ARE SEARCH OF ANSWERS. IN A