News Release 470

Department of Natural Resources responds to tractor-trailer accident in Clinton County

Volume 37-470 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Judd Slivka

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., DEC. 8, 2009 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources this morning responded to the scene of a Clinton County accident involving two tractor-trailers that collided on a bridge west of Lathrop. Both trucks are believed to have lost automotive fluids that threatened the nearby Little Platte River.

The two trucks collided at approximately 10 a.m. on Highway 116 just east of Highway 33 west of Lathrop and the department's Emergency Environmental Response section was notified of the accident shortly before 10:30 a.m. by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Both vehicles came to rest on a bridge over the Little Platte River and at the time of the report were leaking a combination of diesel fuel, motor oil and anti-freeze. Missouri Department of Transportation crews on the scene took steps to prevent the contaminants from reaching the river, successfully containing approximately one-half of the estimated 150 gallons of automotive fluid.

The department dispatched a state on-scene coordinator from its Kansas City Regional Office to coordinate additional steps to contain the leaks and to oversee the cleanup. The owners of the vehicles, Associated Wholesale Grocers, Kansas City, Kans., and Anderson-Erickson Dairies, Des Moines, Iowa, have hired Hazmat Response from Olathe, Kan., to conduct the clean up.

The Environmental Emergency Response section is called to the scene of more than 300 emergencies each year, including fires, traffic accidents, leaking storage tanks and other incidents that could have a negative environmental impact. The department's 24-hour spill line receives more than 1,600 incident reports annually.

To report an environmental emergency, including releases resulting from traffic accidents, please contact the Department of Natural Resources' spill line at 573-634-2436.

To report a non-emergency environmental concern, contact the nearest regional office. A map of regional office locations and contact information is available online at For more information contact the Department at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-3443, or visit the department's Web page at