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Fertilizer spill leads to Route 23 closure

Genoa-Kingston firefighters stand near two tanks of anhydrous ammonia Tuesday on the side of Route 23 outside Genoa. The driver of the pickup truck pulling the tanks lost control of them while driving south on Route 23 about a half mile north of Route 72.
Genoa-Kingston firefighters stand near two tanks of anhydrous ammonia Tuesday on the side of Route 23 outside Genoa. The driver of the pickup truck pulling the tanks lost control of them while driving south on Route 23 about a half mile north of Route 72.

GENOA – A fertilizer spill led emergency crews to close Route 23 north of Genoa for several hours Tuesday.

A driver pulling two tanks of anhydrous ammonia behind a pickup truck was headed south on Route 23 about 2:45 p.m. when the tanks began to weave and forced the driver of the truck into the west ditch about a half-mile north of Route 72, DeKalb County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Gary Dumdie said. The tanks rolled onto their side and at least one began leaking.

Authorities arriving on the scene noticed a strong smell of anhydrous ammonia across Route 23, and so they closed Route 23 between Route 72 and Ash Road, Dumdie said. The road should be open today, he said.

Firefighters from departments including Genoa and DeKalb responded to the scene. Hazardous material cleanup crews also were called.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is expected to visit the scene today to check the soil for contamination, Dumdie said. No one was cited in connection with the crash.

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