Joshua Sanders identified as truck driver killed in I-44 collision

3:32 AM, Sep 28, 2012   |    comments
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Eureka, MO (KSDK) - Highway Patrol officials have identified the over the road truck killed early Thursday on a horrific crash along westbound I-44.

34 year old Joshua Sanders of Rolla was the tractor driver who came upon a disabled vehicle just west of the Six Flags exit from I-44, slamming into the vehicle and then crashing into the median which resulted in the tractor and trailer flipping over.

The crash blocked all of the highway for more than six hours, and it was even longer before the entire westbound lanes of the interstate were completely reopened.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred around 5:00 a.m. Thursday, west of Eureka and east of Pacific in St. Louis County.

MSHP Sgt. Al Nothum said an over the road trucker who tried to avoid a disabled car in the center westbound lane, slammed into the car, sending his 18-wheeler into the concrete median where the truck rolled onto its side.

The driver of the tractor trailer was killed. The driver of the disabled car was also injured and transported to an area hospital.

Several other westbound vehicles had stopped on the shoulder to contact police about the stalled car, which may have been involved in a prior collision. Before troopers arrived, the large truck crashed into the idle vehicle.

Sgt. Nothum said the driver of the stalled vehicle was arrested on suspicious of driving while intoxicated. We are not releasing that erson's name until formal charges are filed.

One westbound lane reopened by noon.  The remaining westbound lanes reopened by 4:30 p.m.

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