DEARBORN, MO – A tanker truck collided with a tractor trailer truck on Interstate 29 early Tuesday morning in Missouri. The truck accident happened in the vicinity of Dearborn, MO near mile marker 31.6 on the interstate. The area is in the Kansas City metropolitan region in the far west central section of the state near the Kansas border, 288 miles west of St Louis, MO and 82 miles northeast of Topeka, Kansas.
The truck accident happened at about 5:15 a.m. Tuesday morning, as 40 year old John D. Romines of Sabetha, Kansas was driving his 2007 Kenworth tanker truck southbound on Interstate 29. As he neared the area by mile marker 31.6 Mr. Romines drove onto the shoulder of the interstate, ramming into a parked 2004 Peterbilt semi truck…
Some reports indicated that there was debris in the interstate which may have caused Mr. Romines to go onto the shoulder and hit the parked truck.
After hitting the parked 18 wheeler, Mr. Romines drove along the side of the Peterbilt truck and then ran off the highway. Romines tanker truck then went through a guardrail and plunged down the embankment. The tanker truck overturned when it reached the bottom, ejecting Mr. Romines from the truck. Authorities confirmed that Mr. Romines was not wearing a seat belt at the time.
The tanker truck, which had been carrying milk, came to a stop in a creek bed, about 50 feet from the highway.
Emergency personnel arrived at the truck accident scene. They treated and stabilized Mr. Romines and then transported him to Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, MO, about 21 miles away. His injuries are moderate and not considered life threatening.
The driver of the parked Peterbilt truck, 64 year old Lawrence J. Haberman of Lesterville, South Dakota was not injured in the truck accident. Mr. Haberman said he felt a jolt, but didn’t realize the extent of the accident until another truck driver stopped to check on his condition.
When the parked Peterbilt was hit by the milk tanker truck it spilled its load of soda all over the interstate.
Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to the truck accident scene and closed down all lanes of the interstate in the truck accident area. There were reportedly one or two accidents in the area after the truck collision, but no serious injuries reported at this time.
Crews were brought in to clear the soda and other debris from the highway. A heavy duty tow truck was also going to be brought in to lift the milk tanker truck up the embankment and off the interstate.
Troopers first opened one lane of traffic in each direction, and finally opened all lanes once the debris and wreckage was cleared out.
No charges or citation have been made at this time. The truck accident remains under investigation.
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