30,000 pounds of milk lost after tanker truck crashes


Two people sustained injuries after a tanker truck rolled onto its side Monday afternoon.


The single vehicle crash occurred just after 1 p.m. in the eastbound lane of US Highway 34 at the Wapello County and Jefferson County line.

An Iowa State Patrol trooper at the scene told KTVO that the truck veered to the right shoulder of the highway, over-corrected back to the left, and rolled the vehicle to the driver’s side.


The vehicle then slid on its side for about 200 yards before coming to a stop.


Firefighters from Batavia and deputies from Wapello and Jefferson counties approached the accident cautiously at first because they were unsure of the tanker’s contents.


After speaking with the driver, the material inside of the tank was determined to be 30,000 pounds of milk, or around 3,500 gallons.


Two occupants in the vehicle were banged up in the crash, but did not require further medical assistance.


The milk was dumped into the median of the highway so recovery crews could flip the tanker back to its wheels.


The trooper on scene said the driver would be cited for failure to maintain control of the vehicle.



Daniella Hankey

Daniella Hankey joined Newswatch as a Reporter. Armed with a major in Communications and Media Studies and a minor in Education, Daniella relocated to southern West Virginia from Florida to further pursue her career. During her time at Stetson, she covered several big stories on and off campus including the June 2016 Pulse Night Club shooting and Hurricane Matthew. She worked as a news anchor and reporter for her college news station and enjoyed an internship in productions at PBS. Her love for journalism started in high school when she was selected as a Bright House Varsity Reporter as well as the school anchor. Daniella was born and raised in Orlando and is a proud Floridian. Her current interests include enjoying everything West Virginia has to offer, from outdoor adventures to the beautiful mountains and scenery. As a multi-trained journalist, Daniella is always prepared to cover the stories that matter to our viewers and help to keep her newly adopted community informed. If you have any story ideas or news tips, please email Daniella at

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