One Dead In Bad Crash Near Strafford

The Highway Patrol says it was David Lambeth from Rolla who died in a chain-reaction crash on I-44 near Strafford this morning. 

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The report shows the driver of a semi didn’t see that traffic had stopped because of a previous crash ahead.  His semi hit another tractor-trailer and landed on top of Lambeth’s pickup. 

In all, three semis and two F-150’s were involved. 

The driver of the tractor-trailer has been booked into the Greene County jail.

The interstate has since re-opened.

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Westbound I-44 is open at the 89 mile marker in Strafford -- several hours after a crash left one person dead.

Highway Patrol Sergeant Jason Pace says traffic was slow going around 8 a.m. after another wreck in the median at the 87 mile marker.

Pace says that’s when a tractor-trailer sideswiped another semi, ran off the road, and rolled over on top of a pickup.

Pace says in all, three semis and two pickups were involved in the wreck. 

Authorities won’t say how many people were hurt.

Pace says there were signs out warning drivers about the mess ahead.

Traffic is being diverted at the 96 mile marker, but its been backed up all the way to Marshfield.

 

Original Story:

There's been a bad crash in the Strafford area along Interstate 44 at the 89 mile marker, with reports of very critical injuries.

It happened shortly after 8 a.m. near the scene of another non-injury crash at the 87 mile marker.

Go Patrol spotters say a semi is on its side, with the cab on top of a pickup.

Westbound traffic is being diverted at the 96 mile marker.

Traffic along a seven-mile stretch of road is slowly being re-routed. 

We're hearing reports from the scene of one person with critical injuries.  

We'll keep you updated with the latest from the KTTS Go Patrol on 94.7, Today's KTTS. 

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