JOPLIN, Mo. — A deadly, early morning crash on Interstate 44 near Joplin, claims one person’s life on this Sunday (6/5).
The accident, involving the driver of a motorcycle, occurred at 2:30 a.m., just east of the Highway 43 exit (exit 4) at mile marker 4.6, said Sergeant Jared Delzell, with the Joplin Police Department.
No other vehicles were involved in the accident, and the driver of the crashed motorcycle was the only occupant of that vehicle, Sergeant Delzell stated.
SLIDESHOW: View photos taken from the crash location
The eastbound lanes of Interstate 44 at mile marker 4.6, eastbound, were littered with debris from what law enforcement are calling, “a serious traffic accident” that killed the driver of a motorcycle.
The accident prompted the closure of eastbound I-44 from the Highway 43 exit (exit 4), to the Main Street offramp (exit 6).
At 6:00 this morning, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), along with the Joplin Police Department, re-opened that section of eastbound I-44, which was closed for approximately three hours while crash scene investigators worked the deadly accident.
| LIVE: A Facebook Live Report From The Crash Scene, HERE
The Joplin Police Department, Joplin Fire Department and the Missouri Highway Patrol all responded to the incident.
During the pre-dawn hours Sunday, accident investigators were on scene, carefully combing through the motorcycle wreckage.
At this time, authorities are not releasing the name of the motorcycle driver involved in the early morning crash.
Authorities said the Joplin Police Department’s Major Crash Team is taking the lead on investigating the Interstate accident.
| STORY UPDATE: New details expected to be released
Late Sunday, we spoke to Captain William Davis with the Joplin Police Department.
Captain Davis said he expects to release more information on Monday (6/6), concerning this morning’s fatal motorcycle crash on I-44.