Chemical spill kills fish in Shelby County

FLAT ROCK — Indiana conservation officers along with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management are investigating a chemical spill that resulted in a fish kill in a small tributary of Little Tough Creek.

Conservation officers were sent to the area of Shelby County Road 1200 South, just east of State Road 9, at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Officers said a farmer was transporting a trailer of nitrogen fertilizer from one property to another when he ran off the road while attempting to let a vehicle pass him on the narrow roadway. The accident caused a small amount of the chemical to spill into the tributary, investigators said, and steps were immediately taken to contain the chemical.

Although there was a quick response, a small fish kill occurred, officers said.

An investigation is still ongoing and cleanup of the area was underway Thursday, conservation officers said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.