Tanker truck overturns, leaks fuel following tire blow out on Highway 54 Wednesday
Driver suffered moderate injuries following afternoon accident
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
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.
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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