Chocolate Nightmare: Two M&M Factory Workers Got Stuck in a Chocolate Tank It's a real-life Willy Wonka story.

By Madeline Garfinkle

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At the Mars M&M factory in Elizabethtown, Penn., two factory workers endured what might be a child's dream: falling into a vat of chocolate. In reality, it was a workplace nightmare.

After falling into the tank, the two workers were unable to escape and stood waist-deep in the mixture until eventually being rescued.

"We are actively managing the situation and our primary focus is supporting emergency teams on site," a Mars spokesperson told CNN.

Emergency responders had to cut a hole through the side of the tank to free the individuals. Rescue workers said pulling them straight out of the tank was an "eliminated" option.

One worker was transported to a hospital via helicopter and the other was by ground — the extent of their injuries, as well as how they fell in the tank, is still unknown.

"We can confirm both people have been taken offsite for further evaluation," a Mars rep told the New York Post. "We're extremely grateful for the quick work of first responders."

Related: 'Max' Brenner Was Pushed Out of His Own Company, Financially Destroyed, and Banned From Making Chocolate For Five Years. But He Learned: 'Hell Has Benefits.'

Madeline Garfinkle

News Writer

Madeline Garfinkle is a News Writer at She is a graduate from Syracuse University, and received an MFA from Columbia University. 

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