Interstate and exits open after tanker crash and fire
March 27, 2007 at 5:50 PM CDT - Updated July 26 at 9:00 AM
Interstate and exits open again after huge tanker crash and fire By: Heartland News
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - A tanker truck crashed with a car in the northbound lanes of I-55 near the Route K exit (exit 96). Northbound lanes of the interstate were closed at Highway-74 for a few hours as fire and rescue crews worked to bring the blaze under control.
Police and witnesses say there was a man in a car who drove the wrong way down the exit ramp and continued the wrrong way onto I-55. The tanker tried to swerve to avoid the car and lost control, flipping into the ditch and exploding. The driver of the tanker did receive injuries and was taken to a local hospital. The driver of the car was not badly injured, and police took him downtown tothe poice station for questioning. No word yet if he faces any charges.
Tuesday night both lanes of I-55 northbound and the exit ramp were open to drivers.