I-44 gas tanker truck crash and burn, major delays I-44 E in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Reports Tuesday morning just after 5 a.m. of a crash on I-44 east, halting traffic as a gas tanker crashed and then caught fire.

Eastbound I-44 at West Bypass is shut down and eastbound traffic will be diverted down Chestnut Expressway because of an accident involving a gas tanker truck that is now on fire,” Springfield Police report.

  • The interstate eastbound is closed for a 3 mile portion from exit 72-75.
  • Traffic eastbound diverts from I-44 at exit 72, then east to Kansas Expressway.

The crash was reported at 5:11 a.m.

Authorities say the tanker driver has minor injuries.

The crash was located just a few miles from the airport. Authorities say the Springfield-Branson Regional Airport Fire Dept also assisted in putting out the fire.


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