Overturned tanker spills thousands of gallons of fuel, closes IL Rt. 4

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ST. CLAIR COUNTY, IL (KTVI) -- A tanker truck overturned on southbound Route 4 just north of Marissa, Illinois, Sunday morning, shutting down that stretch of roadway.

The crash happened at about 5:15 a.m. The driver suffered only minor injuries. Emergency management officials say nearly 3,000 gallons of gasoline spilled from the tanker. The spill has been contained and crews are working to clean up the mess. A crew is also being brought in to siphon  off the remaining fuel from the tanker, which carries 8,600 gallons.

Route 4 is closed in both directions between Mud Creek Road and School View Road. It is expected to remain shut down for the next several hours so the area can be cleaned up. The earliest the road will reopen is 5:00pm Sunday.

Fire departments from Marissa, New Athens, St. Libory, and Tilden are working at the scene along with the St. Clair Special Emergency Services, St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency, Illinois State Police, and crews from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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