Fertilizer spill on U.S. 280 resolved

Fertilizer spilled onto U.S. 280 sits in the Westbound lane on March 10. (Reporter Photo/Jon Goering)

By CHRISTINE BOATWRIGHT / Staff Writer

HARPERSVILLE – A green unknown substance trailed down U.S. 280’s westbound lane in Harpersville on the morning of March 10, causing lane closures and delays.

A motorist reported the substance to the Harpersville Police Department when he saw the material falling from a truck, according to a press release from the Harpersville police.

The police determined the substance to be pelleted fertilizer, and the trail spread from the intersection of Shelby County 62, near the Dollar General, to the intersection of Gallups Crossroads. The substance spread across approximately one mile, the press release stated.

“Investigators from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management responded to the scene and advised on clean-up methods and potential hazards associated with the material,” according to the press release. “ADEM advised that the material must be kept out of the water stream to prevent a potentially large fish kill in local waterways.”

The clean up was undertaken and directed by the agricultural company that sold the material to the trucking company, Agrium Advanced Technologies of Sylacauga.

The Alabama Department of Transportation also responded and assisted in the clean up.

“I would like to thank ADEM, ALDOT and Agrium for their quick response and invaluable assistance in quickly and efficiently dealing with the spill and minimizing the environmental impact and the effect on traffic flow along 280,” Police Chief David Latimer stated in the press release.