SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - A man from Rolla died in a multi-truck crash in Strafford on Thursday morning. The driver of one of the three tractor-trailer trucks in the crash was arrested on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter.
The crash occurred shortly after 8 a.m. as traffic on westbound Interstate 44 slowed and stopped due to a crash near the Missouri 125 interchange in Strafford. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Narinder Singh, 44, was driving a semi-truck but didn’t see the slowed and stopped traffic in front of him. Singh tried to swerve into the left lane to avoid hitting a semi-truck in front of him in the right lane.
Singh’s truck hit that second semi-truck, which was driven by a man from Henderson, Neb. Singh then lost control and began to overturn. His truck hit the median guard cable and then hit a pickup driven by a man from Waynesville. That pickup was stopped in the right lane. It went off the right side of the highway, crossed the grass median, and ended up on the north outer road.
Singh’s truck then hit a second pickup, driven by David Lambeth, 43, of Rolla, who was in the left lane. The impact knocked Lambeth’s pickup under the rear of a third semi-truck, which was driven by a man from Oregon.
Lambeth died at the scene. No other drivers or passengers were injured. Per state law, all drivers were tested for alcohol impairment.
Troopers arrested Singh on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter. He was booked into the Greene County jail shortly after 1 p.m. and placed on a 24-hour hold while troopers investigated the crash and interviewed witnesses. Prosecutors had not charged Singh by 10:30 a.m. Friday, according to online court records.
The crash closed the westbound lanes for hours for the cleanup and investigation. Westbound drivers were diverted off I-44 onto the outer roads.
Singh's hometown is in question. The Highway Patrol's online arrest report says it's Vanderwagen, N.M.; the crash report says it's Mansfield, Texas; and the Greene County jail's online log says Gallup, N.M.