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Truck driver killed in crash on I-270 in St. Louis County

A box truck rear-ended a tractor-trailer, collapsing the cab of the truck, the highway patrol confirmed.
Credit: MoDOT

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — A driver died in a crash that shut down several lanes of Interstate 270 for several hours Tuesday morning.

The collision happened just before 9 a.m. in the northbound I-270 lanes between Interstate 44 and the Gravois Road exit.

A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol indicates a tractor-trailer driver from Florida was slowing down for traffic congestion when he was rear-ended by a box truck.

The impact was so severe it collapsed the cab of the truck, the highway patrol confirmed with 5 On Your Side.

The box truck driver died from his injuries. He was identified as Justin Reeves, a 34-year-old man from Rolla, Missouri. 

The tractor-trailer driver suffered minor injuries.

The crash caused several northbound I-270 lanes to close for more than three hours Tuesday morning while emergency crews respond to the scene. Traffic was moving normally through the area again by 12:30 p.m.