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Students evacuated briefly after anhydrous accident

By Staff | Nov 15, 2013

Estherville Lincoln Central Middle School students return to class after temporary evacuation to the Regional Wellness Center when an anhydrous accident occurred on Highway 9 near the schools.

An anhydrous ammonia tank accident caused some commotion in Estherville Friday morning. But no leakage occurred and the tank was safely removed from town.

According to Estherville assistant fire chief Greg Langford, a pickup owned by The Andersons Inc., was hauling a trailer carrying an anhydrous ammonia tank when the axle broke and both wheels came off. The incident happened around 8:30 a.m.

Estherville Lincoln Central High School and Middle School students were evacuated to the Regional Wellness Center as a precautionary measure.

Officials gave the all-clear around 9:30 a.m., after a wrecker moved the tank outside of town to Greig’s cattle lot.

Students were back in class around 9:45 a.m.

ELC High School students return to class along Third Avenue South in Estherville.

Firefighters were on scene about an hour. The Estherville Police Department assisted.