I-44 east halted in rollover crash; Driver death blamed on medical emergency

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The Missouri State Highway Patrol release more information early Wednesday morning

JASPER COUNTY, Mo. — Tuesday morning just before 10:30 AM reports of a Penske moving truck rolling over blocking both eastbound lanes of I-44 east came across emergency channels.

Dueneweg Fire Department were dispatched to the scene, Missouri State Highway Patrol and Jasper County Sheriff’s Deputies. Upon arrival authorities were faced with a 2020 International Harvester Penske box moving truck fully loaded covering both eastbound lanes.

It wasn’t long before the Jasper County coroner’s office was summoned to the scene. The driver, 58-year-old, Morgan Rosinsky, of Fayetteville, Arkansas, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Trooper B.L. Crockett of the Missouri State Highway Patrol state in his initial report, “CRASH OCCURRED AS [TRUCK] TRAVELLED OFF ROADWAY, RETURNED TO ROADWAY AND OVERTURNED. EVIDENCE INDICATES DRIVER MAY HAVE SUFFERED A MEDICAL EMERGENCY RESULTING IN A CRASH.”

ORIGINAL STORY

THE DETOUR for eastbound I-44 was at exit 11B to 249 north. The crash was located just east of the city limits of Joplin, mile marker 14.4, between Prigmor and the Tara Motel exit. So the plan was to divert traffic off I-44 east 249 to 7th east to Tara Motel and back onto I-44.

MoDOT Emergency Response coordinated the detours with assistance from Jasper County, MoDOT Southwest Missouri and the City of Joplin.

M&M WRECKER were summoned to upright the Penske moving truck. The box was fuly loaded with houshold supplies. The load was not breached. It was set upright without breaking the box open by about 12:45 PM.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol tell us on the scene all indications appear the 58-year-old male from out of state died due to a medical emergency, not from trauma of the following traffic crash.

The trooper on scene also told us they had not located next of kin.

NOTE: This is preliminary information. We talked to the trooper at the scene. Protocol has the trooper to call the troop headquarters (via radio) and give the dispatch center the preliminary information concerning the accident (date, time, location, injured parties involved, types of vehicles involved, and initial indication of causative factors of the accident). Since the trooper had not completed paperwork when we talked on the scene it was still preliminary, thus it could change our printed story above. The official report is not available for 10 business days, requested through mail.

ALL TRAFFIC MUST EXIT — Unknown details on crash we believe it’s a Penske moving truck rollover. Unknown injuries, M&M Wrecker has been contacted to the scene and Duenweg Fire. Crash occurred shortly after 10:30 AM. I-44 EAST >>> DETOUR 249 NORTH to 7TH / I-44 BUS. EAST DUENWEG / TARA MOTEL 15.1 MILE MARKER

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