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Driver injured during fertilizer truck wreck

ARDMORE — A Limestone County Co-op fertilizer truck overturned, spilling fuel and fertilizer on Mooresville Road, on Wednesday.

Ardmore Police Chief Doc Oliver said the truck was on its side when he arrived and there was fertilizer on the ground.

Ardmore police and Limestone County deputies helped shut down Mooresville Road near Sweet Springs Road during cleanup following the 12:40 p.m. wreck.

The fertilizer contained ammonium nitrate, and the truck was leaking diesel fuel, so Ardmore firefighters contained the leak to keep the materials separated.

Ammonium nitrate can become combustible if heated, and can release toxic fumes if mixed with another substance like diesel.

State troopers said the truck’s driver, Jonas Keith Pete, 31, of Elkmont, suffered injuries in the crash.

Athens-Limestone Hospital treated and released him.

- Holly Hollman

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