A tanker truck accident on the snow-packed highway east of Nokomis closed down Route 16 for five hours Thursday, Jan. 2, according to Nokomis Fire Chief Joe Gasparich.
The accident occurred at 11:30 a.m. and the highway remained closed in both directions until about 4:30 p.m.
The Farmers Oil Company fuel truck, loaded with about 7,500 gallons of diesel fuel to be delivered to a nearby bulk storage facility, failed to make a turn-around maneuver on Route 16 near the Subway restaurant. The tanker had to be emptied before it could be up-righted, and fuel tank trucks from Raymond and Nokomis were brought in to off-load the diesel fuel. Once emptied, the truck was up-righted and moved to the bulk storage facility just across the highway.
Kurt's Towing from Litchfield assisted with two heavy wreckers, which were also used to stabilize the truck and tractor during the off-loading process.
The Nokomis Police Department closed the highway in both directions while the Nokomis Area Fire Protection District provided fire control protection throughout the incident. The city of Nokomis sand and salt trucks, along with an end-loader, were on standby. The Witt Fire Department was on standby, and members of the Montgomery County Hazmat team were on hand to provide technical support if needed.
Illinois State Police assisted local law enforcement with the investigation of the incident.