Multiple vehicle crash I-44 east approaching Halltown

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LAWRENCE COUNTY, Mo. — About 2:30 PM Monday emergency 911 calls reported a multi-vehicle crash along eastbound I-44 in Lawrence County approaching Halltown near mile marker 52.

Traffic came to a standstill as semi tractor-trailers and vehicles were involved.

Some traffic was diverted off to 174 at Chesapeake.

More information on how many vehicles involved and those injured as it becomes available from the Missouri State Highway Patrol possibly into Tuesday.

According to radio reports the first crash involved tractor-trailer units and a pickup truck. One semi that lay on its side was in the median and emptied of cargo before being taken away throughout the evening still making traffic slow-going.

To avoid traveling I-44 east, alternate routes possible are:

  • MO-96 East Carthage to Halltown
  • US-60 Neosho to Monett to Springfield

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