News Release 215

Accident leads to fuel release in Crawford County

Volume 38-215 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, APRIL 12, 2010 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is directing the cleanup of an estimated 75-100 gallons of diesel fuel released during a Saturday traffic accident in Crawford County.

The department was notified Saturday by the Missouri State Highway Patrol of the accident, which occurred on Interstate 44 at mile marker 206.4 near Cuba.  The truck’s saddle tanks were punctured, releasing 75-100 gallons of diesel fuel into the highway median.

Missouri Department of Transportation crews took initial steps to contain and stabilize the release. The Department of Natural Resources dispatched an emergency responder from Jefferson City to the scene. The department continues to work today with the trucking company, Midnight Trucking located in Fresno, Calif., to arrange for further cleanup of the site.

The department’s 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