News Release 216

Department of Natural Resources to oversee diesel, fertilizer cleanup following fatal truck accident in Pettis County

Volume 38-216 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, APRIL 14, 2010 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is directing the cleanup of diesel fuel and fertilizer following a fatal truck accident this morning east of Sedalia in Pettis County.

The department was notified shortly before 8:30 this morning by the Missouri State Highway Patrol that a truck owned by MFA Agribusiness had overturned on U.S. Highway 50 east of Sedalia near Smithton, killing the driver and releasing an estimated 200 gallons of diesel fuel and 12,000 pounds of fertilizer.

Members of the Smithton Fire Department responded and took initial steps to prevent the flow of the fuel into a nearby creek. The Department of Natural Resources dispatched an emergency responder from Jefferson City to the scene to oversee the continuing cleanup efforts.  

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