Truck overturns spilling 12,000 bottles of whiskey on Missouri highway

Truck overturns spilling 12,000 bottles of whiskey on Missouri highway
A semi-truck overturned Wednesday spilling its payload -- 12,000 bottles of rye whiskey. (White Rock Fire District/White Rock Fire District)

MCDONALD COUNTY, Mo. — A semi-truck overturned Wednesday spilling its payload -- 12,000 bottles of rye whiskey. 

The truck was hauling $325,000 worth of Templeton Rye when it crashed around 5 a.m. on U.S. 71 near the Missouri border with Arkansas, investigators said.

Posted by White Rock Fire District on Wednesday, July 22, 2020
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“You could see on the video that maybe some cases might have made it,” Kevin Boersma, a processing manager for the distillery, told the Springfield News-Leader. “But I haven’t heard anything official.”

The spirits were picked up Tuesday in Templeton, Iowa, by a distributor and were on the way to a warehouse in Fort Smith, Arkansas, the News-Leader reported

Templeton Rye was created in 2006. The company built a $35 million distillery in 2018. 

“It makes you wonder what else can go wrong in 2020?” co-founder Keith Kerkhoff jokingly told the News-Leader. “Thank God, nobody got hurt.”