Tractor trailer crashes below I-44 to dry creek bed

Schrader’s Towing recovered the tractor, trailer and load up through the median at 41.4 mile marker
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LAWRENCE COUNTY, Mo. — Just before 8 a.m. Tuesday reports west of Mount Vernon along I-44 a tractor trailer went through the guardrail to a dry creek bed below the interstate.

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Traffic was at a standstill eastbound for a period of time as guardrail jutted out into the driving lane.

The tractor trailer was eastbound and left the roadway towards the median (left) and then traveled below the overpass crashing to a dry creek bed below.

Tractor trailer driver was transported by ground ambulance to a Springfield, Mo. hospital. Injuries are unknown.

We learn later a Ford Escape also crashed. Two occupants in that vehicle did not require medical transport to a hospital.

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Screenshot of Google Maps during the crash event. 41.4 mile marker eastbound.

We observed MoDOT marking about 100 feet of destroyed guardrail.

Schrader’s Towing responded to the 41.4 mile marker to remove the tractor trailer and load, which appeared to be a large commercial HVAC unit. See our live video as we see them pull the trailer and load to the median from the dry creek bed.

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