JOPLIN, Mo. — About 3:50 a.m. Joplin Emergency Dispatch was alerted to a tractor trailer crash just west of the Petro/Loves exit. The crash is blocking both lanes as it lay across both lanes.
Joplin Police, Joplin Fire responded and Newton County Ambulance. It was determined quickly to be a non-injury single vehicle crash. Joplin Police tell us the tractor trailer left the right side of the roadway, overcorrected and overturned.
M&M Wrecker in our live! video at 4:25 a.m. pulled the trailer, which is fully loaded with oranges, to the outer shoulder of the eastbound lanes. Joplin Police tell us that Exit 4 east will remain close until further notice which the tractor trailer and load is removed.
Joplin Police Department tell us that the Joplin Health Department has been contacted to inspect the load of oranges. The box of the trailer remained encapsulated, which is positive that the load might be salvaged. At the initial inspection the temperature level was acceptable. After transporting it will be checked again later in the morning.
LIVE! BREAKING: OVERTURNED TRACTOR TRAILER IN CRASH I-44 EAST AT 4 MM >> BIT.ly/3u1HIAA • Full load with oranges. (70K) • I-44 E to Exit 4 ramp closed while tractor trailer is removed. • I-44 E traffic continues with some delays at 4 mm.Posted by Joplin News First on Thursday, May 20, 2021
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