News Release 097

Accident leads to fuel release in Audrain County waterway

Volume 38-097 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MARCH 4, 2010 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is directing the cleanup of an estimated 150 gallons of diesel fuel released today during a traffic accident in Audrain County.

The department was notified this afternoon by the Missouri Highway Patrol of the accident, which occurred near the junction of Highway 19 and Highway 54 north of Laddonia and involved a tanker truck owned by Transport Delivery Company, Canton.

The truck's saddle tanks were punctured, allowing the release of an estimated 150 gallons of diesel fuel into an unnamed waterway nearby.

Hazardous materials responders from the Little Dixie Fire Department, Mexico, arrived at the scene and used absorbent booms to stop the flow of the fuel down the stream. The Department of Natural Resources dispatched an emergency responder from its Jefferson City office to oversee the cleanup.

The trucking company has hired Kiesel Company, St. Louis, to conduct the cleanup under the department's supervision.

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 fuel spills, please contact the spill line at 573-634-2436. For more information contact the Missouri Department of Natural Resources at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-3443, or visit the department's Web page at