Semi tractor-trailer goes off-roading just as storms hit say witnesses

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The semi is on its side. The box trailer is running empty and it has remained upright.

NEWTON COUNTY Mo. — About 4:20 PM Monday afternoon Redings Mill Fire District and Newton County Ambulance were alerted to a semi tractor-trailer crash I-49 northbound at 33 mile marker just past Gateway Drive within sight of the Shoal Creek Travel Plaza.

Reported by eyewitnesses that the tractor-trailer went off the right side of the road and ramped the ditch next to the on-ramp and then through the guardrail.

It left mud all over the highway that was quickly removed.

It was right at the peak of the rain and hail that was rolling through, visibility was very low another witness told us.

The driver was not injured Missouri State Highway Patrol tell us at the scene.

The on-ramp from Gateway Drive North onto I-49 will be closed for an extended period of time as M&M Wrecker will clear the crash scene.

The semi is on its side. The box trailer is running empty and it has remained upright.

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