Tanker slips off trailer, blocks Highway 92 lanes for hours

A single-vehicle accident involving a metal tank partially shut down the eastbound lanes of Missouri Highway 92 at Interstate 35 during morning commute hours Friday, Sept. 6. No injuries were reported and the roadway was clear by 9:45 a.m.

KEARNEY — A single-vehicle accident involving a metal tank partially shut down the eastbound lanes of Missouri Highway 92 at Interstate 35 during morning commute hours Friday, Sept. 6.

The Missouri Highway Patrol investigated the accident while Kearney police assisted with traffic control.

The accident occurred around 6:15 a.m. Friday, when the driver of a semi-truck hauling a large, empty tank on a trailer struck the under side of the I-35 overpass while the truck was in the eastbound lane of Highway 92.

"It drove under the overpass and hit the top of it and (the tank) popped off," said Missouri Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Sgt. Bill Lowe.

No injuries were reported.

As the tank, which looks similar to those containing propane or other hazardous materials, was empty, Lowe said fire protection and medical response crews were not called to the scene.

"The tanker itself was empty so there was no Hazmat needed," he said.

The accident stalled traffic in the eastbound lanes of Highway 92 for multiple hours.

"Traffic was getting around it on the shoulder," said Lowe, adding the scene was cleared and the roadway was fully back open around 9:45 a.m.

Managing Editor Amanda Lubinski can be reached at amanda.lubinski@mycouriertribune.com or 903-6001.

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