Fertilizer, diesel spill into Iowa river following bridge collapse
A bridge collapse in Iowa led to some fertilizer and diesel spilling into a river.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the collapse occurred Friday morning on a private drive and it caused a fertilizer spreader to enter the Tarkio River near Stanton.
The operator was extricated from the machine and flown by medial helicopter to a trauma center for the treatment of serious injuries, according to the DNR.
Officials say an unknown amount of mono ammonium phosphate, sulfur, and potash spilled into the waterway. The collapse also ruptured a fuel tank, spilling nearly 100 gallons of diesel into the river.
The DNR says booms were placed downstream of the incident and samples will be submitted to the State Hygienic Lab for analysis. DNR staff are monitoring the cleanup efforts and will consider appropriate enforcement action.
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Author: Brent Barnett