SB I-55 reopened near Portageville; semi removed from pond

Semi lands in pond after crash

PORTAGEVILLE, MO (KFVS) - Interstate 55 southbound from the Portagesville exit was shutdown Monday, Nov. 19 in order for tow crews to remove a semi tractor-trailer from a pond.

Around 12:30 p.m. all lanes of I-55 were reopened.

According to the Portageville Police Department, traffic was diverted through the four-way nearby just before noon.

Police say the semi crashed overnight and its removal was delayed until late Monday morning.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the driver of the semi tractor-trailer hit the rear of a Ford Mustang around 11:25 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18.

After hitting the car, the tractor-trailer, highway patrol said the semi went off the right side of the road and ended up in a pond.

A semi truck ended up in a pond after leaving the roadway. (source - Rebecca Shay Goff)
A semi truck ended up in a pond after leaving the roadway. (source - Rebecca Shay Goff) (Rebecca Shay Goff)

The driver of the semi, Ahmed M. Abdi, 21 of Columbus, Ohio and his passenger, 33-year-old Mohamed F. Ali of Minneapolis, Minnesota were both taken by ambulance to an area hospital with moderate injuries.

The driver of the Mustang, 24-year-old Kahdijah L. Curry and her one-year-old male passenger, both of Dyersburg, Tennessee were also taken by ambulance to an area hospital for injuries.

Curry suffered moderate injuries and the young boy suffered minor injuries.

According to MHP, Ali was the only one involved in the crash that was not wearing a seat belt.

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