Cleaning powder sickens transit worker in Hamden

HAMDEN — Police identified a “suspicious powder” that made one transit bus employee sick Wednesday.

Police said that the employee became ill after suspicious powder was found on one of the buses. The powder was identified by DEEP officials as AJAX cleaning powder.

The Hamden Fire Department and DEEP were called to the scene.

Officials said in a statement, “Investigation revealed that a 46 year-old employee ‘moved’ a bus that was parked in the garage. The employee subsequently became ill. He was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital for medical treatment. Further investigation revealed that the previous operator of the bus had used a cleaning product to disinfect the dashboard. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection responded to the scene and field tested the product, which confirmed that the powder found was a cleaning product.”

The incident happened on State Street on the Hamden/New Haven line.