The Missouri State Highway Patrol identifies the driver of the tanker truck as 47-year-old Robert Horton, of Diamond.
Horton was pronounced dead on scene.
The driver of the other semi and a passenger in one of the vehicles were both transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.
This is Troop D’s 43rd fatality of the year.
JOPLIN, Mo. —
One person is dead and two are injured in a fiery crash on Interstate 44 Thursday evening.
Around seven, a tanker truck heading west near mile marker 14 crossed the median, breaking through the guard cables running into oncoming traffic. The truck crashed with another semi causing the second tractor trailer to turn on its side. The tanker also hit a pick-up truck with an attached trailer and a small SUV before catching fire.
Emergency crews quickly worked to put out the flames.
Missouri Highway Patrol tells us the driver of the tanker truck has died — the driver of the other semi and a passenger in one of the vehicles were transported to local hospitals with unknown injuries, but are expected to survive.
LATEST FROM MODOT:
Road closed due to VEHICLE CRASH
I-44 Eastbound (JASPER County)
Impact reported at 07:12 PM on 06/20/2019. Closure estimated to last 7 hour(s).
NOTE: I-44 EB CLOSED PAST EXIT 13 PRIGMOR AVE JOPLIN AT MM 14.0 USE ALT ROUTE (-94391471,37073343)
One person has died after two semi trucks, a SUV and a pick up truck with a trailer attached all crash.
It all happened around 7 P.M. near mile marker 14.
A tanker truck was headed West on I-44 when it crossed the median and broke through the guard cables and hit eastbound vehicles.
The Missouri Highway Patrol says they hope to have at least one lane open in about an hour.
The crash team is currently on scene working to clear up the wreckage.
We have a crew working to gather information from the area.
Here’s the latest from MODOT:
Possible delays due to VEHICLE CRASHI-44 Eastbound (JASPER County)
Impact reported at 07:12 PM on 06/20/2019. Possible delays for next .5 hour(s).
NOTE: ACCIDENT I-44 EB PAST EXIT 13 PRIGMOR AVE JOPLIN AT MM 14.0 RIGHT SHOULDER EST. CLEARANCE TIME: 19:42