A major accident lead to the temporary closure of US highway 54 in the westbound lanes near the Highway 52 Eldon exit on Wednesday afternoon. According to Miller County Sheriff Bill Abbott, around 2pm, a tractor trailer truck carrying 4,500 gallons of gasoline went off an embankment around Cave drive on the westbound side of US 54. Shortly after, police arrived on scene and shut down the road. Soon after, one lane was opened back up after fire crews from all lake area fire departments arrived to keep the situation from getting out of hand. At the time, the truck had not caught fire and police planned to pump the remaining fuel out of the tanker into an empty tanker located on the road. Later on police plan to remove the truck and reopen both lanes of the highway. Almost all of the lake area fire districts were on scene including the Department of Natural Resources, Miller County Sheriff, Highway Patrol and the Missouri Department of Transportation.
Breaking News in the area: According to police, Part of Highway 54 West has been closed because of a truck that has fallen down the embankment around Cave Drive just west of the Highway 52 Exit between Lake Ozark and Eldon.
Currently on the scene are the Missouri Highway Patrol and Miller County Sheriff’s Dept. The truck was a carrying 4,500 gallons of fuel which is spilling from the truck at this time. What we know is that the truck is NOT on fire and the Lake Ozark Fire has sent a foam truck to keep it under control.
We will get more details as they come in and pass them along to you.