On Tuesday, several state and county officials were on hand near the 174 mile marker in the northbound lane, in response to a tanker that overturned into a wooded area. According to Troop D of the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol, there was no spill and no serious injuries as a result of the wreck.
Public information officer for Troop D, Tony Dunn, the accident occurred at 7:17 a.m. Tuesday morning.
The driver of the 18-wheeler, a man Dunn identified as 61 year-old Robert Livington, Jr. of Memphis, Tenn., was traveling north on I-55 when he lost control of the tanker.
“He [Livington] traveled to the right shoulder down an embankment and collided with several trees before coming to rest and catching fire in the woods,” Dunn said.
Several Carroll County Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the scene as fire trucks lined the northbound shoulder as firemen walked down the embankment to reach the tanker.
Dunn said the tanker was carrying methyl methacrylate.
“This is a monomer that is a very dangerous and explosive product at extreme levels of heat,” Dunn said. “It was not damaged in the accident, and no evacuations were needed.”
Methyl methacylate is typically used for acrylic plastics and resins for sheeting and molding material, molding and powder resins, and emulsion polymers.
Companies also use methyl methacrylate in protective surface coatings such as exterior latex house paint. Small amounts of methyl methacrylate are used in dental restorations, adhesive cements, and surgical bone implants.
Dunn said Livingston was transported to Tyler Holmes Memorial Hospital by MedStat EMS with non-life-threatening injuries.
Responding to the scene were the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department, and volunteer fire departments from Vaiden, Mt. Pisgah, and Carrollton-North Carrollton
According to CNCFD Chief Phil Costilow, the shipment of methyl methacrylate was transferred to another truck.
Agents with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality were also at the scene.
According to Dunn, Miller Transportation Inc. was in charged of the cleanup efforts and an investigation by MHP is underway.