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Westbound I-44 Reopened Between Chestnut Expressway and James River Freeway Exits West of Springfield

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has reopened both lanes of westbound I-44 west of the Springfield city limits at the 69.2 mile marker following a crash early Tuesday morning.

I-44 was reopened around 1:30 p.m.

KOLR-10 reported there were two crashes in that area Tuesday morning. Sergeant Mike McClure says both drivers were injured.

McClure says the first crash involved a tractor-trailer unit that caught fire, two dump trucks, and an unoccupied vehicle.

McClure tells KOLR the second crash involved two pickups. One of the drivers was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries and the other driver is being treated for moderate injuries.

The patrol says the drivers failed to adapt to conditions.