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Tanker spill stops traffic for hours

Thursday, August 16, 2007

The Environmental Protection Agency cleaned up a chemical spill on Highway 63 in Hardy Aug. 10.

A 2003 Peterbilt tractor was traveling north pulling a tanker full of diesel when the load shifted while merging onto Highway 63 north from the Hardy bypass north of McDonald's, said Trooper Seth Higginbottom of the Arkansas State Police.

The tractor and tanker overturned which caused 2,500 to 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel to spill into a nearby ditch, Higginbotton said. The tractor and tanker came to rest north of the exit ramp from the bypass. The tractor and tanker blocked the southbound lane and part of the northbound lane, he said.

The southbound lane was shut down for approximately five hours, Higginbottom said. However, traffic continued to move with officers directing traffic through the intersection using the turn lane, he said. Traffic wasn't stopped for more than 20 minutes at a time, he said.

The EPA responded to the wreck to clean up the spill. The driver, Willis L. Hicks, 54, of Mountain Grove, Mo., who was working for Nick's Transport Inc. of Mount Vernon, Mo., was not injured in the wreck, Higginbottom said. He was cited for failure to maintain control.



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