Jackknifed Big Rig Blamed for Massive Icy Pileup

Canton, MO – A jackknifed semi is being blamed for a pileup in Missouri on Tuesday, which included at least seven big rigs and numerous passenger vehicles.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) Troop B, the multi-vehicle pileup began Tuesday morning along the northbound lanes of U.S. Highway 61 near Canton.




 

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office said shortly after 8 a.m., a tractor-trailer jackknifed on the icy roadway.

The incident led to a chain reaction, which involved seven semis.

According to local outlet KHQA, officials estimate the total number of vehicles involved in the pileup to be around 30.

The driver of the jackknifed semi was taken to the hospital.

As of publishing, authorities have not issued an update on the condition of the trucker.

No other injuries have been reported as a result of the pileup.

All lanes of U.S. 61 were closed down following the incident and motorists were diverted.




 

MSHP Troop B said the Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) was on-scene, assisting with a detour to State Highway 16.

Officials implored drivers to use alternate routes and to avoid U.S. 61 “until further notice.”

According to MODOT, the detour will remain in place on U.S. 61 until all vehicles are removed from the scene.

 


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