Tractor-trailer crash involving hazardous materials shuts down I-44 near Waynesville, Mo.

Courtesy: Joshua Bradtke

NEAR WAYNESVILLE, Mo. -- The Missouri Highway Patrol reopened the eastbound lanes of I-44 in Pulaski County after a crash involving hazardous materials.

Troopers responded to the crash in the 10 a.m. hour. They immediately shut down the entire interstate. Emergency crews say a tractor-trailer rolled over six miles west of Waynesville at the 150 mile marker. Investigators blame icy weather. The Fort Leonard Wood Hazmat Team is working to cleanup the crash.

It could take hours to clear the scene in the westbound lanes.

ALTERNATE ROUTES:

MoDOT advises those already on I-44 should plan to take a truck-friendly alternate. Those include:

Westbound:
I-270 to I-70 in St. Louis
Exit 247 - US 50 West - HOWEVER US 50 in central Missouri is covered with frozen precipitation
Exit 189 to US 63 South to US 60 West OR North to US 50 West - but be advised US 50 is described as "covered" with frozen precipitation at this time.
EXIT 189 is the last good truck exit before the closure point.


Courtesy: Joshua Bradtke