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Classes set to resume in Cortland after gas leak

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CORTLAND (WREX) -

Students and staff at Cortland Elementary are headed back to school Wednesday after a nearby landfill leaked gas Tuesday, sending 63 to the hospital.

Officials believe the smell was likely a result of a contractor tapping a pocket of decomposing trash at the landfill. While the type of gas released hasn't been determined, doctors at Kishwaukee Hospital treated those affected for low levels of carbon monoxide exposure.

Environmental regulators are expected to check out the landfill this week and DeKalb Superintendent James Briscoe said the school's doors were opened to air out the building.

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