Tanker truck overturns, leaks fuel following tire blow out on Highway 54 Wednesday

Driver suffered moderate injuries following afternoon accident

Tire marks can be seen on the pavement of westbound Highway 54 where a tanker truck blew a tire and braked, overturned and went over the embankment about one mile west of the Highway 52/54 exit south of Eldon Wednesday afternoon.

Tire marks can be seen on the pavement of westbound Highway 54 where a tanker truck blew a tire and braked, overturned and went over the embankment about one mile west of the Highway 52/54 exit south of Eldon Wednesday afternoon. Photo by Rebecca Martin.

A semi truck carrying thousands of gallons of fuel overturned on U.S. Highway 54 south of Eldon Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the department’s dispatch received a call at approximately 2 p.m. July 24 that a tanker truck blew out a tire, overturned, and went over the embankment about one mile west of the Highway 52/54 exit on U.S. Highway 54.

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The Eldon and Jefferson City fire departments were two of the multiple agencies that responded to a tanker truck that overturned off of Highway 54 just south of Eldon and was leaking fuel Wednesday afternoon.

The accident caused the truck’s tank, which was carrying about 5,400 gallons of fuel, to breach and was leaking fuel. According to the Highway Patrol, another truck was in route to off load what was left of the fuel at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The driver of the tanker truck did have a moderate injury and was transported to Capital Region Hospital in Jefferson City, according to the Highway Patrol.

Multiple Lake Area and mid-Missouri emergency responders assisted at the scene including Eldon Fire Department, Mid-County, Rocky Mount, Lake Ozark, Osage Beach and Jefferson City fire protection districts, as well as Miller County Ambulance and Cole County HazMat team.

Crews were still working to assist the tanker truck spill and direct traffic, which was closed to one lane heading westbound on Highway 54, into the evening hours Wednesday.

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