Pike County Hazmat Spill

An accident involving a tanker truck has shut down lanes of southbound Highway 61 at Highway OO.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said a tanker truck carrying 8500 gallons of ethanol and was leaking and overturned, spilling the fuel onto the highway. The MSHP said three compartments from the truck's tanker were ruptured and leaking.

Authorities have closed the highway off from Eolia to Bowling Green.

The Department of Natural Resources was requested. Authorities said the spill has been contained.

Hazmat crews have responded from local counties although authorities said the spill is not hazardous.

The MSHP said another vehicle may have been involved in the accident.

The driver of the tanker was airlifted to a hospital in serious condition. No injuries were reported from the other vehicle.

Both the northbound and southbound sections of the highway were closed initially. 

Around 6:30 p.m., emergency crews reopened the northbound lanes.

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