A semi crashed through barricades along a bridge and plunged into the Floyd River near Merrill about 2:00 a.m. The truck, owned by the B.T. Incorporated of LeMars, was hauling beef trimmings to be used to make sausage.
Officials with the trucking firm say the beef trimmings will now need to be disposed at a landfill. Clean up is expected to take all day. Plymouth County Sheriff’s officials say the Iowa DNR has been notified of the accident involving the beef trimmings in the river. The DNR says the beef trimmings are now an environmental pollutant.
The driver, 55 year old Michael Wichner of Sioux Falls was taken to a Sioux City hospital, where he has since been released.
(Story and picture by Dennis Morrice, KLEM, Le Mars)