Major hazmat situation shuts down Highway 61 in Lincoln County, Mo.

LINCOLN COUNTY, Mo. – The Eolia Community Fire Protection District is working a hazmat situation on Highway 61 in Lincoln County.

The incident happened around 12 noon Sunday when a tractor-trailer carrying 8,000 gallons of ethanol overturned in the northbound lanes of the highway. Hazmat crews were called from the Eolia Community Fire Protection District, St. Charles, Lincoln, Warren Counties, and Hannibal Missouri, along with ambulances from St. Charles and Pike Counties.

Officials expect the highway to be closed between Eolia and Highway 54 until late Sunday night.

Northbound traffic is being diverted to Highway D and Highway 79, southbound traffic is being rerouted to Highway 54 to Highway 79.

This Lincoln and Pike County Sheriff’s Offices, along with the Department of Natural Resources and Missouri State Highway Patrol are on scene investigating the accident.

The only person injured in the accident was the driver, who was airlifted to a St. Louis hospital for treatment.