Metro East interstate reopens after tanker truck overturns - KMOV.com

Metro East interstate reopens after tanker truck overturns

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By Stephanie Baumer By Stephanie Baumer
By Stephanie Baumer By Stephanie Baumer
The westbound lanes of Interstate 64 near O’Fallon, Illinois will be closed for hours while crews work to clear an overturned tanker truck. By Stephanie Baumer The westbound lanes of Interstate 64 near O’Fallon, Illinois will be closed for hours while crews work to clear an overturned tanker truck. By Stephanie Baumer
The westbound lanes of Interstate 64 near O’Fallon, Illinois will be closed for hours while crews work to clear an overturned tanker truck. By Stephanie Baumer The westbound lanes of Interstate 64 near O’Fallon, Illinois will be closed for hours while crews work to clear an overturned tanker truck. By Stephanie Baumer

O’FALLON, Ill. (KMOV.com) – The westbound lanes of Interstate 64 near O’Fallon, Illinois were closed for at least ten hours Friday morning while crews worked to clear an overturned tanker truck.

The tanker truck overturned right before 2:00 a.m. closing the area from mile marker 16 to marker 19. Firefighters say the truck was traveling eastbound when it crossed through the median and into oncoming traffic, overturning and crashing. 

Traffic was backed up for miles. It was eventually diverted onto Highway 50. Crews worked to drain the tanker of its fuel load.

Gasoline was inside the tanker truck at the time of the accident. According to O’Fallon Fire Chief Brent Saunders, the overturned tanker did not leak any gas. Crews pumped the gasoline from the overturned truck into another truck.

Photos from the accident scene / Mobile 

Many agencies, including a hazmat crew, assisted the Illinois State Police and O'Fallon Fire Department.

The driver of the truck was taken to a nearby hospital by ambulance after the accident. Information about the driver's condition has not been released.

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