TEKAMAH, Neb. -Authorities have identified the man who died after driving near anhydrous ammonia that was leaking from an underground pipeline in northeast Nebraska. The Burt County Sheriff’s office says 59-year-old Phillip Hennig of Tekamah, Nebraska, died after coming in contact with the chemical leak.
Magellan Midstream Partners, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, said in a news release Tuesday that the leak occurred late Monday evening in part of its 8-inch pipeline system near Tekamah. The cause of the leak is being investigated.
The company said other nearby residents were evacuated and some roads were closed.
Magellan says it’s notified local, state and federal authorities. A dispatcher said the Burt County sheriff was unavailable, and the phone rang unanswered at county emergency manager’s office. A state Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman didn’t immediately return a call from The Associated Press.
Nebraska State Patrol spokeswoman Deb Collins says troopers helped out with traffic control.