Tractor-trailer crash on I-44 near St. Clair backs up traffic for milesAugust 10, 2011
ST. CLAIR • Missouri state troopers are investigating a tractor-trailer crash near St. Clair that closed westbound lanes of Interstate 44 this morning and backed up traffic for miles, authorities said.
The tractor-trailer crashed about 8:45 a.m. about a mile west of the St. Clair rest area, said Sgt. Al Nothum of the Missouri Highway Patrol. The truck veered into the median and overturned, trapping the driver for more than an hour. The truck did not hit other vehicles.
The driver was conscious and talking when rescuers pulled him from the cab shortly after 10 a.m, Nothum said. He was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Nothum said the crash has caused major congestion and may continue to back up traffic for hours.
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Westbound Interstate 44 was closed for more than two hours Wednesday morning after a double-trailer UPS freight semi crashed near the 234.2 mile marker just west of the Anaconda Bridge.
The semi was westbound on the interstate when it tipped to the driver's side and into the median and came to rest against the barrier cables. The cab and front trailer tipped. The back trailer remained upright.
It was unknown on Wednesday morning what caused the accident.
It took nearly two hours for emergency personnel to extricate the driver, who then was transported by Air Evac Lifeteam to St. John's Mercy Medical Center in Creve Coeur. The extent of his injuries was unknown mid-morning Wednesday. He was conscious while inside the cab.
Westbound I-44 traffic was rerouted to the North Service Road at the St. Clair 239 exit. Traffic was backed up on the highway from the accident scene to the weigh station.
Emergency personnel from St. Clair and Sullivan responded. Both Missouri Highway Patrol officers and Franklin County Sheriff's Office deputies also were on the scene.
The accident occurred shortly after 7:30 a.m.
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