Tractor trailer overturns in crash, blocking I-44 for hours

— About 8 p.m. Friday evening reports near Mount Vernon regarding a tractor trailer overturned blocking all westbound lanes of I-44.

First responders were dispatched emergency and Lawrence County Sheriff’s Deputies. Missouri State Highway Patrol were notified.

Information received the tractor trailer had crashed to its side, spilling its load of fresh vegetables across an overpass.

More than one recovery team was dispatched to remove the crash, estimated to take 4-5 hours for clean up. M&M Wrecker is part of that recovery. 

It is unknown what damage occurred to the overpass.

Also the condition of the driver is unknown at this time.

We anticipate updates information overnight from the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The Crash Investigation Unit of Troop D is on the scene. 

This is a breaking news story, stay with Joplin News First as we continue to learn more.

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