Train spills fertilizer in Blackfoot

BLACKFOOT — A train traveling from Idaho Falls to Pocatello spilled dry fertilizer on the tracks as it traveled through Blackfoot Tuesday morning.
The fertilizer, a nitrogen-based dry product often used for commercial purposes, spilled primarily near the crossings at Bridge and Judicial approximately 11 a.m., according to Union Pacific Western Region Director of Media Relations Aaron Hunt. The train carrying the fertilizer is a local one that primarily travels between Idaho Falls and Pocatello with stops along the way in Firth and Blackfoot.
The Blackfoot Fire Department was dispatched at 11:04 a.m. for a possible hazardous material cleanup. The firefighters worked to remove the fertilizer from the intersections at Bridge and Judicial as Blackfoot Police officers blocked one lane on each street.
Piles of the white fertilizer pellets could also be found near Rich Lane and near Meridian as Union Pacific maintenance workers cleared intersections. Hunt said there were five or six piles throughout Blackfoot, and that crews hoped to have the fertilizer cleaned up early this morning.
The fertilizer is non-hazardous and does not pose a threat to public health, Hunt said.