Cape Girardeau man killed in early morning crash on I-55 near Benton, Mo.

A Cape Girardeau man died in a crash on I-55 near Benton, Mo.
Published: Nov. 22, 2022 at 6:46 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 22, 2022 at 11:32 AM CST
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SCOTT COUNTY, Mo. (KFVS) - Emergency crews rushed to the scene of a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 55 near Benton, Missouri early Tuesday morning, November 22.

The crash happened shortly before 4:45 a.m. in the southbound lanes at the 75.8 mile marker, just south of the Benton exit 80.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP), a disabled SUV in the roadway, involve in a non-injury crash, was hit in the rear by a semi.

The SUV then hit a cable barrier.

MSHP said the driver of the SUV, 61-year-old Lauren D. Reece, of Cape Girardeau, died at the scene.

The driver of the semi, 58-year-old Jerome Rivers,of Summersville, Tennessee, was not hurt in the crash.

Both southbound lanes of I-55 were closed while crews worked to clear the scene.

Missouri Department of Transportation crews diverted traffic at the Benton exit to U.S. Highway 60 during the closure .

I-55 northbound traffic was not affected.