ST. LOUIS ( – A girl died following a Monday morning semi-truck crash on the Poplar Street Bridge.

Just before 6 a.m. Monday, the crash occurred in the construction area in the eastbound lanes on the bridge.

According to the Illinois State Police Department, a piece of aluminum, which weighed around 34,000 pounds, became unstrapped from a Peterbilt truck tractor's flatbed and hit the rear of the vehicle, causing it to overturn on the driver's side. 

PSB Crash 102119

All eastbound lanes of the Poplar Street Bridge were closed Monday following a semi-truck crash.

The truck was being driven by a 44-year-old woman from Texarkana, Texas. Two teen boys, ages 15 and 17, and a 5-year-old girl, also from Texarkana, were inside the vehicle at the time of the crash. 

The girl was reportedly riding in the sleeper berth of the vehicle and was ejected from the truck during the crash. She was taken to the hospital and later died, according to the Illinois State Police Department.

The three other people inside the truck were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

The Illinois State Police Department said there is no law that prohibits a minor or anyone else from being in the sleeper berth while the vehicle is traveling.

The crash, which involved another vehicle attempting to merge onto the bridge is being investigated as a tragic accident. No charges are expected.

The eastbound lanes of the Poplar Street Bridge were closed to traffic until just before 8 a.m.

No other information has been released.

Copyright 2019 KMOV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved


Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.