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One person is dead following an anhydrous ammonia leak in Burt County between Tekamah and Decatur. just off Highway 75 which was shut down. The leak is in a pipeline owned by Magellan Midstream Partners which released the following statement.
“Late last evening, Magellan experienced an anhydrous ammonia release on our 8″ pipeline system near Tekamah, NE. We are sad to report that a local resident has passed away after exposure to anhydrous ammonia vapors.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Local authorities have evacuated several residents in close proximity to the release site and a local County road has been temporarily closed.
Magellan representatives, local emergency responders and environmental crews are currently on site. All appropriate federal and state agencies have been notified.
We are unsure of the cause of the incident at this time and will issue an update later this morning.”
Tekamah Mayor Ron Grass says he was notified of the leak around 7 this morning and that one person had died. That person was apparently driving in the area and came in contact with the fumes.
Area residents have been evacuated and were invited to go to the Tekamah Community Center for shelter.