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Overturned Tanker Leaves Toxic Mess

OTTUMWA, IA (AP) - Crews in Ottumwa spent several hours responding to an overturned tanker truck that spilled a toxic and flammable liquid.

The Ottumwa Courier reports the truck overturned about 7 a.m. Tuesday at a roundabout connecting Highways 63 and 34.   

Ottumwa Fire Chief Tony Miller says the tanker, which was filled with 7,800 gallons of methanol, was punctured in the crash.

Methanol is a toxic and flammable industrial liquid with a variety of uses, including in varnishes, anti-freeze and fuel.   

A fire department hazardous-materials team sprayed foam to keep vapors down while crews piled sand onto the liquid.

The spill backed up traffic at the site for hours.   

The condition of the driver wasn't available.

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