Minden Medical Center staff escort an “injured” victim from a train derailment to a wash station to wash off any “chemicals” from exposure during a mock disaster drill Friday. Michelle Bates/Press-Herald

A train derailment occurs in the Plain Dealing area.

At least 13 injured are brought to Minden Medical Center for treatment of injuries related to hazardous material exposure. Four more walked to the hospital, totaling 17 injured.

Before they are allowed into the building, they must go through a wash station where medical staff wash them free of any hazardous chemicals on their person. Once dried off, they are taken into the emergency room for treatment of injuries.

This scenario could play out anywhere, but Minden Medical Center was proactive in conducting a disaster drill for the scenario aforementioned.

Hospital staff went “code


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