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      Tanker spills fuel in Hwy 54 crash

      Tanker spills fuel near Hwy 54 in Miller County

      More than six hours after the accident, MoDot crews were still clearing the scene of a fuel spill south of Eldon off Highway 54, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

      The accident happened just before 2pm Wednesday when the driver of a Mertens Tanker Truck had a mechanical problem, lost control and traveled down an embankment. The crash was off the westbound lanes of Highway 54 one mile west of MO 52.

      According to the patrol's report, the driver, 41 year old Michael C. Cotton suffered moderate injuries.

      The tanker was damaged and crews responded to clean up the fuel and off load what they could into another truck. The patrol says the tank was carrying 4,500 gallons of fuel at the time. By 8pm the clean up work was wrapping up as the tanker was to be put upright and hauled off.

      The efforts there Wednesday included crews from Miller County Sheriff's Department, Fire Department and EMS. The Eldon and Moreau Fire Departments also assisted as did the Cole County Hazardous Materials team.

      Via Facebook, the Lake Ozark Police Department thanked the McDonalds in Lake Ozark which donated 50 hamburgers to the first responders working on the fuel spill.