Semi hauling 40,000 lbs alcohol rolls at state line

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Thousands of bottles littered the ditch as the southbound lanes were blocked. Traffic was reduced to single-file on the shoulder with periods stopped traffic.

UPDATED: MCDONALD COUNTY, Mo. — Just before 5:00 AM on Wednesday morning McDonald County Sheriff’s office and White Rock Fire District were dispatched to reports of a semi-tractor trailer rollover near the state line on US-71 approaching Route OO.

Upon arrival a semi hauling 40,000 lbs of alcohol had rolled traveling south, blocking the southbound lanes. The cargo was 80 proof rye whiskey from a packaging company in Iowa.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper J.S. Baird tells us at the scene that the female driver from Georgia was not injured and refused medical transport.

The crash happened about 4:45 AM as the semi failed to navigate a slight curve, went off the right side of the road striking two signs, over correcting and then rolling. The trailer was breached as it struck the signs scattering debris across the road and into the ditch. The wreckage blocked both the southbound lanes.

Thousands of broken of broken bottles littered the ditch. Decatur Towing removed the semi-tractor trailer from the roadway just before 11:00 AM. Then their clean-up crew worked into the early afternoon to clean up the rest of the cargo from the west ditch.

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40,000 lbs rye whiskey, 80 proof. White Rock Fire Chief Fred Parker estimates 2/3 of the load is in the ditch.
EXPECT PERIODIC DELAYS US-71 AT STATE LINE UNTILAPPROX 11:00 AM.

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