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Fully-loaded tanker-trailer cleared from Highway 49

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A tanker truck carrying more than 8,700 gallons of a gasoline/ethanol mixture that overturned just before 12: 30 p.m. on Saturday is now cleared from Highway 49.

Collins Fire Chief John Pope says the fire department used a hot tap to drill five holes in the truck's fuel tank and drain all the mixture out.

After successfully draining it, Chief Pope says the five holes were plugged and the truck was flipped over onto its right side. The truck was recovered at about 10:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The Collins Fire Department says it used a combination of absorbent pads and a substance called micro blaze to make sure fumes were kept to a minimum and prevent any chance of a random fire.

The intersection of Highway 49 and 589 is now back to normal.

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