A Fosterburg Fire Department tanker sustained heavy damage after overturning just outside of Bethalto.
Rescue personnel on the scene said the truck was returning from a traffic accident call when the incident occurred. Nearing a sharp curve where Culp Lane turns into Albers Lane, the truck inched off the right side of the road. The driver over-corrected, toppling the tanker.
Officials said the driver was transported to the hospital, but indicated no serious injuries were suffered. The vehicle was equipped with a roll cage, protecting the driver.
The Bethalto Police Department closed the section of Culp Lane for several hours while a wreckage crew winched the truck upright. Fire department personnel worked to recover equipment attached to the tanker.
Fire hose was strewn through the crash scene and approximately 1,000 gallons of water spilled from the tanker. Additionally, the vehicle’s diesel fuel leaked into a nearby drainage ditch. Crews worked to clean the area for several hours.
Fosterburg Fire Chief John Holtorf said the department purchased the truck new in 2004 at a cost of $300,000. He was unable to immediately estimate the damage cost of the accident, but said insurance would foot the bill. He was unsure how long repairs would take.
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