Firefighters shut down interstate on Saturday, remove ammunition truck
By: Darrell Todd Maurina
Firefighters secure the scene of an ammunition truck rollover on Interstate 44 at mile marker 148.0.
HAZELGREEN, Mo. (March 6, 2010) — It took longer than expected, but Hazelgreen firefighters and tow company personnel removed the wreckage of a semi truck Saturday morning that had been carrying small-arms ammunition when it crashed on Interstate 44 early Friday.
Capt. Ann Price of the Hazelgreen Rural Fire Protection District had said Friday that she expected the westbound lanes of Interstate 44 near mile marker 148 would be shut down later that day to remove the semi truck. However, emergency crews decided later that since the semi was completely off the roadway and all ammunition had been safety removed, they would wait until Saturday morning when traffic volumes would be lower.
Price said on Friday that the removal of the semi truck would require re-routing traffic from Exit 153 at Buckhorn exit to Exit 145, where Highway 133 meets the interstate. According to Missouri Department of Transportation reports, the interstate was shut down from 8:45 a.m. to 9:53 a.m. for that work.
State troopers released their report on the crash prior to removal of the vehicle. According to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports, Roland D. Walden, 53, of Hermann, had been westbound at 5:37 a.m. Friday in a 2003 Freightliner when he ran off the right side of the roadway, struck a guardrail, ran up an embankment, struck several trees and overturned.
Walden’s truck was totaled and removed by Jack’s Towing. Walden, who had been wearing his seat belt, suffered only minor injuries and was transported by Pulaski County Ambulance District personnel to St. John’s Hospital in Lebanon for treatment.
In unrelated incidents reported by state troopers:
• Charles A. Beck, 59, of Plato, was arrested at 5:32 p.m. on Friday, March 5, by state troopers in Texas County on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, careless and imprudent driving, and failure to wear a seat belt. Beck was transported to the Texas County Jail where he was subsequently released.
• Timothy D. Mahony, 29, of Fort Leonard Wood, was arrested at 1:53 a.m. on Saturday, March 6, by state troopers in Pulaski County on charges of driving while intoxicated, failure to signal, and failure to maintain a single lane of travel. Mahoney was transported to the Pulaski County Jail where he was subsequently released. Fort Leonard Wood spokesmen have since confirmed that Mahoney is a specialist assigned to the 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.