Rescue Crews Respond To Overturned Anhydrous Ammonia Tanks Accident


(Le Mars) — Emergency crews responded to a report of anhydrous ammonia tanks that had rolled over on its side ending up in a ditch.  The accident happened at about 11:18 a.m. Friday morning at 200th Street, about a quarter of a mile east of County Road K-49, and approximately a mile south of Le Mars.  Both tanks were filled with anhydrous ammonia at the time of the accident, but, fortunately, the tanks did not sustain any leaks as a result of the accident.  The anhydrous ammonia tanks are owned by the CVA cooperative elevator.  An employee of CVA was towing the anhydrous ammonia tanks when the tanks which were on a trailer slid off the road, causing the tanks to overturn. The employee escaped the scene without sustaining any injuries.  Le Mars Fire and Rescue Chief, Dave Schipper says everything did turn out ok, but he says there were some initial concerns.

With the assistance from Stockton Towing Company, firefighters were able to get the tanks out of the ditch and back right side up on the roadway, then at that time, both firefighters and CVA officials inspected the tanks to make certain there were no leaks or punctures with the anhydrous ammonia tanks.  Firefighters rendered the scene safe at about 12:25 p.m. at which point CVA hooked up to the trailer and hauled the tanks away from the scene.   Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the accident scene.