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Snow causes hazardous spill

Friday, March 14, 2008

Photo courtesy of Oregon County Chief Deputy Eric King
OREGON COUNTY -- Several inches of snow on a steep hill north of Alton caused a tanker truck to slide off the road and spill some of its contents last week.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has called the chemical spill minor, and said their department will oversee the clean-up.

A small amount of lighter fluid spilled from a tanker truck when it slid off the road March 4 on Highway 19 on Greer Hill.

The truck was a 2000 Freightliner and was driven by Jason Wilder, 38, of Fort Worth, Texas. He received no injuries in the accident.

Chief Deputy Eric King said a small amount of the truck's 7,500 gallon load was lost in the accident. King said he thought the truck was headed to Salem, Mo., and the liquid in the truck was going to be used to make charcoal.

Quick action by local officials prevented the contamination of the Eleven Point River which was less than a mile away from the accident. The river is one of only a few designated National Scenic Rivers in the country.

King and Oregon County Sheriff Tim Ward are both members of the local HAZMAT team. The pair and two other local HAZMAT team members responded to the accident.

King said approximately 30 gallons of the fluid spilled. The road was closed just over four hours while the cleanup was underway.

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