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Southbound I-49 Update

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MoDOT Traffic Alert:  

Where: Southbound right-lane of I-49 (Mile Marker 72) south of Lamar OPEN to traffic. Southbound left-lane of I-49 remains CLOSED ‘round the clock.

What: Bridge wall closest to median destroyed in tractor trailer crash on Wednesday, Jan. 6

When: Jan. 6 through Tuesday, Jan. 20

Details: MoDOT crews will rebuild the bridge wall. However, the southbound left-lane will remain closed ‘round the clock until the repairs are complete. Drivers are urged to slow down and use caution when traveling through the work zone.

Weather and/or construction delays could postpone the completion of the project.

1/7:  According to Highway Patrol PIO Mike Watson this a double fatal. Two different crashes:  First crash happened, and the second crash occurred because of the first crash.

1st Crash:  Semi traveling on left side of Interstate 49 lost control, struck guardrail on right side then bounced back to left side of road.  The cab and trailer stopped before falling off a bridge overpass.  It was partially hanging over road below.  The back end of the trailer was in the left passing lane. 

Ambulance coming from Cedar county - transporting a patient to Joplin -- stopped on the right side to help the injured semi driver. No one was injured in this vehicle. 

2nd Crash:

Semi traveling in left lane struck disable semi in the back then veered to the right side of the road and struck the ambulance. 

Both people in second semi died.  

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One person is dead in a late Tuesday night crash on Interstate 49 in southwest Missouri.


The Missouri State Highway Patrol said it happened in the area of mile marker 72.4 near Lamar around midnight.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said the accident involved two semi trucks and an ambulance.

Our photographer who responded to the scene said one semi trailer was halfway off a bridge, and that the cab was "unrecognizable".

The MHP said both southbound lanes of Interstate 49 remained closed hours after the crash.

We're waiting on word from investigators about the cause of the crash.

No word on any other injuries.
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