UPDATE: Early morning accident blocks South Limit for several hours


Traffic was closed to two lanes on South Limit Avenue Wednesday morning because of an accident involving a track hoe that struck the overpass bridge. The track hoe, which was transported on the back of a flat-bed trailer, landed upside down in the middle of the highway, according to first responders on the scene. The track hoe lost both its hydraulic fluid and diesel fuel. MoDOT, the Sedalia Police Department and the Sedalia Fire Department were on hand to assist in the clean-up. Dave Clippert, director of Sedalia-Pettis County Emergency Management Agency, said he had been in contact with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the fluid and fuel was taken to a permitted waste disposal site once it was removed from the roadway. As of 12:30 p.m., the road was still partially blocked to traffic.


Hope Lecchi|Democrat

The body of a track hoe involved in a Wednesday morning accident on South Limit Avenue was transported to Don’s Truck and Towing after it was removed from the scene of the accident. It took workers from Don’s more than 90 minutes to remove the track hoe, which had to be cut in two with torches before it could be removed from the scene. Don Weaver, owner of Don’s, commented that after 39 years in the business, “you never know what you will deal with each morning when you come to work.”


Hope Lecchi|Democrat

The front portion of a track hoe involved in an accident early Wednesday morning on South Limit Avenue is pictured at Don’s Track and Towing after it was removed from the site of the accident at the overpass bridge. The track hoe struck the bridge, landing upside down on the roadway. Members of MoDOT, the Sedalia Fire Department and the Sedalia Police Department worked to clear the scene of both the equipment and the hydraulic fluids and diesel fuel used in the track hoe that had spilled onto the roadway.


Hope Lecchi|Democrat

MoDOT crews work to spread absorbent material on South Limit Avenue as they work to clean the roadway of hydraulic fluid and fuel after a track hoe failed to clear the overpass bridge on Wednesday morning. The track hoe was transported on the back of a flat-bed trailer, which was not damaged in the accident. The driver was uninjured as well.


Hope Lecchi|Democrat

South Limit Avenue was closed for several hours Wednesday after a semi-truck hauling a piece of construction equipment struck a bridge.

According to a Sedalia Police Department report, Daniel A. Ott, 52, of Warsaw, was driving north on South Limit Avenue when his truck’s cargo struck the bridge abutment and the cargo was pulled from the trailer.

The vehicle’s towed unit sustained moderate damage and the cargo was totaled, and even had to be cut in half to be removed from the roadway. Don’s Truck and Towing removed the cargo from the road.

Since the cargo, identified on the scene as a track hoe, leaked fuel, multiple agencies responded to the scene to assist with clean-up, which took nearly three hours. The road remained slick after clean-up. Agencies on scene included Sedalia Fire Department, SFD Hazmat Unit, Missouri Department of Transportation, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Missouri State Highway Patrol Commercial Motor Vehicle Division, Emergency Management Agency and Sedalia Water Pollution Control.

According to the report, there were a few marks on the bridge abutment and support, but it did not appear the structure had been compromised.

Traffic was closed to two lanes on South Limit Avenue Wednesday morning because of an accident involving a track hoe that struck the overpass bridge. The track hoe, which was transported on the back of a flat-bed trailer, landed upside down in the middle of the highway, according to first responders on the scene. The track hoe lost both its hydraulic fluid and diesel fuel. MoDOT, the Sedalia Police Department and the Sedalia Fire Department were on hand to assist in the clean-up. Dave Clippert, director of Sedalia-Pettis County Emergency Management Agency, said he had been in contact with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the fluid and fuel was taken to a permitted waste disposal site once it was removed from the roadway. As of 12:30 p.m., the road was still partially blocked to traffic.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_tsd090816accident1-2.jpgTraffic was closed to two lanes on South Limit Avenue Wednesday morning because of an accident involving a track hoe that struck the overpass bridge. The track hoe, which was transported on the back of a flat-bed trailer, landed upside down in the middle of the highway, according to first responders on the scene. The track hoe lost both its hydraulic fluid and diesel fuel. MoDOT, the Sedalia Police Department and the Sedalia Fire Department were on hand to assist in the clean-up. Dave Clippert, director of Sedalia-Pettis County Emergency Management Agency, said he had been in contact with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the fluid and fuel was taken to a permitted waste disposal site once it was removed from the roadway. As of 12:30 p.m., the road was still partially blocked to traffic. Hope Lecchi|Democrat

The body of a track hoe involved in a Wednesday morning accident on South Limit Avenue was transported to Don’s Truck and Towing after it was removed from the scene of the accident. It took workers from Don’s more than 90 minutes to remove the track hoe, which had to be cut in two with torches before it could be removed from the scene. Don Weaver, owner of Don’s, commented that after 39 years in the business, “you never know what you will deal with each morning when you come to work.”
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_tsd090816accident2-2.jpgThe body of a track hoe involved in a Wednesday morning accident on South Limit Avenue was transported to Don’s Truck and Towing after it was removed from the scene of the accident. It took workers from Don’s more than 90 minutes to remove the track hoe, which had to be cut in two with torches before it could be removed from the scene. Don Weaver, owner of Don’s, commented that after 39 years in the business, “you never know what you will deal with each morning when you come to work.” Hope Lecchi|Democrat

The front portion of a track hoe involved in an accident early Wednesday morning on South Limit Avenue is pictured at Don’s Track and Towing after it was removed from the site of the accident at the overpass bridge. The track hoe struck the bridge, landing upside down on the roadway. Members of MoDOT, the Sedalia Fire Department and the Sedalia Police Department worked to clear the scene of both the equipment and the hydraulic fluids and diesel fuel used in the track hoe that had spilled onto the roadway.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_tsd090816accident3-2.jpgThe front portion of a track hoe involved in an accident early Wednesday morning on South Limit Avenue is pictured at Don’s Track and Towing after it was removed from the site of the accident at the overpass bridge. The track hoe struck the bridge, landing upside down on the roadway. Members of MoDOT, the Sedalia Fire Department and the Sedalia Police Department worked to clear the scene of both the equipment and the hydraulic fluids and diesel fuel used in the track hoe that had spilled onto the roadway. Hope Lecchi|Democrat

MoDOT crews work to spread absorbent material on South Limit Avenue as they work to clean the roadway of hydraulic fluid and fuel after a track hoe failed to clear the overpass bridge on Wednesday morning. The track hoe was transported on the back of a flat-bed trailer, which was not damaged in the accident. The driver was uninjured as well.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_tsd090816accident4-2.jpgMoDOT crews work to spread absorbent material on South Limit Avenue as they work to clean the roadway of hydraulic fluid and fuel after a track hoe failed to clear the overpass bridge on Wednesday morning. The track hoe was transported on the back of a flat-bed trailer, which was not damaged in the accident. The driver was uninjured as well. Hope Lecchi|Democrat
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