Couple hospitalized following I-55 crash

Courtesy: Chris White
Courtesy: Chris White

NEW MADRID COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - Interstate 55 is back open after an overnight crash that shut down the southbound lanes for a time.

The crash happened at the 55.2 mile marker near Matthews at 1:50 a.m. Sunday.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a mini-van driven by 27-year old Tyree Evans of Grand Rapids, Michigan was northbound when the vehicle ran off the right side of the road.

Troopers say Evans overcorrected and then went off the other side of the road. The van crossed the median and overturned in the southbound lanes.

Evans suffered only had minor injuries. He was taken by ambulance to a St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.

A passenger, 25-year-old Rosa Wilks sustained serious injuries. She was airlifted to the same hospital. At this time there is no official word on her condition.

Troopers say both Wilks and Evans were wearing seat belts.

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