Neither Mars Wrigley Confectionery Site (the factory where the incident occurred) nor the Elizabethtown Fire Department was available for comment regarding the accident. However, a Lancaster County 911 spokesperson confirmed to TODAY Food that the department received a phone call about the incident around 10:51 a.m.
ET. On Thursday, two workers at a Mars Wrigley factory located in the Elizabethtown borough of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, were rescued by the local fire department after falling into a vat of chocolate. Both patients were transported to the hospital, Assistant Police Supervisor Nick Schoenberger told CNN.
“One patient was transported by ambulance and one person by helicopter,” Schoenberger said. The extent of their injuries is unknown. “The incident currently is being downgraded, but originally two employees were stuck in a sort of dry chocolate," the spokesperson told TODAY.
“Fire crews have ruled out the possibility of pulling them straight out of the tank,” said Brad Wolfe, Lancaster County Police Communications Supervisor. “They had to cut a hole in the side of the tank to get them out,” he said.
It is unclear how people got into the container
Wolfe said it was unclear how people got into the chocolate container. "We are actively managing the situation and our primary focus is supporting on-site emergency teams," spokesman Mars Wrigley told CNN.
According to the spokesperson, Lancaster Bureau of Police had not been notified of any sustained injuries regarding the incident. Still, they confirmed the trip to the hospital was likely done as a precautionary measure.
About the company
Mars, Incorporated is an American, family-owned, multinational confectionery and pet food manufacturer.
The company has 22 manufacturing facilities in the United States, including the Elizabethtown location where the accident occurred. The company is best known for sweets such as M&M’s, Snickers and Twix. Mars is a company known for the confectionery items that it creates, such as Mars bars, Milky Way bars, M&M's, Skittles, Snickers, and Twix.
They also produce non-confectionery snacks, such as Combos, and other foods, including Ben's Original, and pasta sauce brand Dolmio, as well as pet foods, such as Pedigree, Whiskas, Nutro and Royal Canin brands.