FREMONT – Traffic was diverted from a popular commute route this morning after a semi overturned and closed part of Highway 30.
The highway, north and west of Fremont, was closed for nearly 10 hours after a semi pulling a tanker trailer full of liquid carbon dioxide overturned near Titan Machinery last night.
According to Steve Hespen, Dodge County Sheriff, the accident occurred around 9:50PM Wednesday, when the driver of the semi went off the right shoulder in the westbound lane of highway 30. The driver, 64 year old Daniel Donovan, of Omaha, was initially able to get the semi back onto the highway, but lost control. The semi crossed highway 30 onto the south side and went off road again, at which point the trailer jackknifed and toppled over.
Donovan was not injured in the accident. However, the tanker was full and the liquid carbon dioxide needed to be unloaded before the tanker could be moved. Company officials had to pump the load into another truck before the wreckage could be moved, which took several hours. Highway 30 reopened about 8:45AM Thursday.