MISSOURI(state) — The Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) says that officers responded to almost 350 crashes in southeastern Missouri in less than 24 hours while winter weather conditions made roadways impossible to cross.
Pileup Crashes Kill Two People, Hurt Dozens of People
According to MSHP, between noon on Sunday and 6 a.m. on Monday, troopers responded to 348 crashes and 534 calls for service. These crashes left two people dead and more than 50 injured.
MSHP says that the actual number of crashes was likely much higher because the 348 figures only included counties within Troop D, which does not include Rolla.
The worst of the crashes occurred on I-44 in Marshfield. Police say that between 50 and 100 vehicles were involved in a chain reaction crash that happened near mile marker 106. A 55-year-old California-based truck driver was killed in the crash. Though the interstate was shut down for about 12 hours for cleanup and recovery, transportation officials were able to reopen I-44 around 5 a.m. today.
Another twelve-vehicle pileup on I-44 at mile marker 138.2 around 3 p.m. claimed the life of 63-year-old motorist Deborah Anderson. Four tractor-trailers were involved in this crash.
Approximately 30 vehicles piled up on eastbound I-44 at mile marker 186 in Rolla, according to Missouri troopers.