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Fatal accident closes eastbound lanes of Interstate 44 in Franklin County

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The eastbound lanes of Interstate 44 near mile marker 231 are closed after an early morning accident Wednesday. The eastbound lanes of Interstate 44 near mile marker 231 are closed after an early morning accident Wednesday.

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) – The eastbound lanes of Interstate 44 near mile marker 231 are closed after a fatal accident Wednesday morning.

According to police, around 2:40 a.m. a tractor trailer struck the back of a Jeep causing it to smash into a tree. After hitting the jeep, the tractor trailer overturned into the median.

The driver of the jeep, 53-year-old Douglas Fiedler from O'Fallon, Missouri, was killed in the accident.

The driver and a passenger in the tractor trailer were transported to an area hospital with minor injuries.

All lanes of the roadway were closed immediately following the accident. The westbound lanes of the roadway reopened just after 4:30 a.m.

The Missouri Highway Patrol told News 4 all eastbound lanes are expected to be closed until 9:00 a.m.

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