LAWRENCE COUNTY, Mo. -- A deadly tractor-trailer crash spilled hundreds of gallons of gasoline onto a Lawrence County roadway, causing a two-hour closure.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol confirms David A. Walters, 47, of Aurora, died in the crash at noon Tuesday.
According to the Patrol’s report, Walters was driving the semi south on Route M. About three miles north of Mount Vernon, Walters ran off the roadway, struck a field access and overturned.
The vehicle struck a fence just north of Missouri 174 before coming to a rest on the driver’s side. That caused more than 900 gallons of various grades of gasoline to spew into the roadway.
Walters was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Highway Patrol closed Route M for more than two hours as cleanup crews from MoDOT, the Department of Natural Resources, and many other agencies processed the scene.