A northbound gasoline transport struck the guardrail just north of Hog Creek on  U.S. 63 south of Houston. The impact damaged the tanker, sending gasoline out of it. The highway is closed. An estimated reopen time is about 6:45 p.m.

A section of U.S. 63 between Houston and Cabool was closed a few hours Saturday after a trailer truck carrying gasoline hit a bridge rail and a guardrail  just north of Hog Creek. 

By about 8 p.m., the roadway was re-opened.

A multi-agency response was in place after the 2 p.m. crash: Eight members of the state patrol were called, Houston Rural Fire Department, Missouri Department of Transportation and Missouri Department of Natural Resources. 

The northbound 2017 Mack driven by James R. Miller, 72, of Mountain Grove, damaged about 500 feet of guardrail on the east side of the highway. After the accident occurred, gasoline could be seen pouring out of the tanker, not far from Hog Creek.

Miller, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was taken by ambulance to Texas County Memorial Hospital with moderate injuries.

At 5:45 p.m., a tanker arrived to pump off the gasoline from the damaged trailer at the scene, which is about four miles south of Houston. Officials said Sunbelt Environmental Services Inc., a Springfield firm, is also involved in the cleanup.

DNR was expected to be on the scene for some time.

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