Raw: 1 killed in 3-vehicle wreck on I-44


by KMOV.com staff


Posted on September 27, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Updated Thursday, Sep 27 at 9:33 AM

EUREKA, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Police believe alcohol and fog may have been a factor in a crash that killed a truck driver and shut down Interstate 44 near Six Flags.

Sgt. Al Nothum said around 5 a.m. a car stopped in the westbound lanes of I-44 about one mile west of Six Flags in Eureka.

Authorities said a box truck and semi-truck swerved to avoid the disabled vehicle.

When the semi truck swerved, it clipped the back end of the passenger car. The collision caused the semi truck to overturn in the middle of the interstate. The driver of the truck was killed. He has not yet been identified.

Police arrived on the scene shortly after the crash and started diverting traffic off the interstate at the Six Flags exit. Emergency crews responded a short time later to attend to injured victims.

Authorities interviewed the driver of the disabled vehicle at the scene. Sgt. Nothum says they have reason to believe alcohol was involved. That driver was later taken to an area hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

Emergency crews were on the scene clearing up the wreckage. Officials said westbound I-44 in the area will be closed until at least 10 a.m.

Commuters were urged to seek alternate routes if they had panned to travel on the interstate.

Fog blanketed much of the St. Louis-area Thursday morning. Officials said the mixture of fog, high speeds and the involvement of alcohol were all possible factors to the crash.

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