Ammonia pipeline leak claims one near Tekamah, NE

Ammonia Leak – One dead.

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Courtesy of The World Herald

HMN- Ammonia leak believed to have caused death.  Officials say a Nebraska farmer is dead after investigating an ammonia smell.  Phillip Hennig, 59, drove through the toxic cloud after an ammonia pipeline leak developed.

According to KETV, many were evacuated, and the air is still too toxic to return.

The leak began Monday evening near Tekamah, according to Bruce Heine of Magellan Midstream Partners.

Magellan said late Tuesday afternoon that air quality was still too poor to allow residents back into their homes.

Terry Schroeder, an emergency manager for Burt County, confirmed that an anhydrous ammonia pipeline broke overnight in rural Burt County, forcing a number of families to be evacuated.

Schroeder said the call came in around 10 p.m. about the leak, which was reported about six miles north of Tekamah, less than a mile from Highway 75.

The State Patrol confirmed that Highway 75 between Tekamah and Decatur has been shut down until further notice.

KETV Nebraska

KETV Nebraska – Ammonia Leak

 

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