Liquid Nitrogen spilled during accident Tuesday in Cass County


April 11th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources was called-in to handle the clean-up of a liquid nitrogen spill Tuesday afternoon, following an accident at 550th Street and Newton Road.

Liquid Nitrogen spill (photo courtest Mike Kennon, Cass Co. Emergency Management Agy.)

 The accident happened at around Noon. Officials say a 2006 Chevy 2500 pickup driven by 26-year old Kirk Albert Schwarte, of Atlantic, was traveling north on 550th and was in the process of making a left turn onto Newton Road, when the two-axle trailer being pulled by the pickup, began to jackknife against the driver’s side of the truck. Both the pickup and trailer entered the ditch, where the trailer tipped over. No injuries were reported. Damage to the pickup was estimated at $4,000. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says Schwarte was cited for Failure to Maintain Control.