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I-44 closed Tuesday afternoon following accident

3:09 PM, Jul 2, 2013   |    comments
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ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KSDK) - Eastbound Interstate 44 was closed near I-270 Tuesday afternoon following an accident involving a semi truck and other cars.

A spokesman for the Missouri State Highway Patrol said the accident happend as traffic in the eastbound lanes began to slow down because drivers were looking over at an accident in the westbound lanes.  The driver of a tractor trailer could not slow down in time and rear-ended a car, lost control of the tractor trailer, then struck two more vehicles before smashing into a ditch.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is expected to have the accident scene cleared by 7:30 p.m.

NewsChannel 5 will have more information on this accident as information becomes available.

KSDK

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