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DNR concerned about toxins from semi that crashed into Red Cedar River


Menomonie (WQOW) - State wildlife officials continue to clean up after a deadly semi crash.

On Tuesday, a semi drove off I-94 and into the Red Cedar River. The crash killed two people.  It also sent debris, diesel fuel, and fertilizer into the river. The Wisconsin DNR has been working to clear the river of the mess, but they're having problems trouble getting to the water. They've also tried working from a bridge on the interstate. To compound the problem, the fertilizer contains a herbicide that is toxic to aquatic life in the area.

"As we became aware of the existence of this herbicide, that's changed the urgency of the cleanup because the herbicide is acutely toxic to aquatic life. It's in thirty pound bags, and there are thousands of these bags," said Ed Culhane, Spokesperson for the WI DNR.

The DNR says it will start using a boat over the weekend to cleanup the river. It's not sure how long it will take.

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