Fertilizer spill causes fish kill in Shelby County

An Indiana Department of Natural Resources' conservation officer vehicle. (Photo Provided/Indiana Department of Natural Resources)

FLAT ROCK, Ind. (WISH) — State environmental authorities are investigating a chemical spill into a Shelby County tributary of a creek.

Indiana Department of Natural Resources conservation officers on Wednesday afternoon were called to County Road 1200 South east of State Road 9, according to a news release issued Thursday by the DNR. They found a farmer transporting a trailer of nitrogen fertilizer ran off the road while attempting to let a vehicle pass on the narrow county road.

Step were immediately taken to contain the chemical, the release said, but a small fish kill occurred. A cleanup of the area was underway Thursday.

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