JOPLIN, Mo. — About 6:20 AM Joplin Fire Department and Newton County Ambulance were dispatched to reports of a semi-tractor trailer crash.
Witnesses stated seeing a semi I-44 East about mile marker 10, leave the roadway, go into the median and drop down 30 feet onto railroad tracks below.
Shannon Becker LIVE! broadcast from the scene for Four States Home Page #JoplinNewsFirst shows that it is not a major traffic delay on I-44 East (just East of Rangeline) because the crash is on the Kansas City Southern railroad tracks below. Railway traffic will be halted for a period of hours. This is just south of milepost 158 at Joplin.
This is inside the Joplin city limits. Cpl Ketrina Jones of the Joplin Police Department tells Shannon Becker the semi was hauling packaged fabrics. There were two occupants in the semi. It took nearly an hour to extricate the second person. Both suffered non-life threatening injuries in the crash.
M&M Wrecker of Carthage, Missouri, are given the task to remove the semi and the estimated 40,000 lbs of boxed fabrics from the railway. Shawn Meister tells us at the scene, “We will pull the chassis and cab up to the top.” Then he says laughingly in a perfect world empty the trailer below hauling those items by the railway to be offloaded at Tipton Ford,” and then pull the empty trailer up to top.”