DNR Responds To Combine Accident Near Hamlin For Diesel Spill

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) was called in to assist with a diesel spill into a waterway near Hamlin after a combine rolled into the creek when the bridge it was crossing collapsed. The Iowa State Patrol reported the accident occurred Monday, Nov. 25 at approximately 8:36 p.m. when 30-year-old Brent Chambers of Hamlin was crossing a bridge on 240th Street in a John Deere S780 combine with a corn head attached. Chambers was also towing the corn head trailer behind when he felt the one-lane bridge floor give way. The south side of the bridge collapsed and the combine overturned, releasing approximately 30 to 60 gallons of diesel fuel and an unknown amount of hydraulic fluid into the unnamed tributary that flows into David’s Creek. The DNR says an environmental contractor has been hired to handle the clean-up efforts. No sheen or fish kill has been observed in David’s Creek.