UPDATE: Crash Forces Closure of Interstate 44

story updated August 28, 2016

Traffic is back to normal on I-44 near St. James after a lengthy shutdown on Saturday. The highway was closed for seven hours after an SUV crashed into the base of an Ameren-Missouri transmission tower. A leg of the transmission tower was damaged. Crews made repairs and the highway was reopened shortly after seven, Saturday night.

our earlier story:

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Interstate 44 was closed in both directions, Saturday afternoon, between Rolla and St. James, Missouri due to a crash that toppled power lines.

The Missouri Department of Transportation said the blockage began at 12:45 pm and was expected to last until 6 to 8 pm, possibly later.

Outer roads were also closed along the interstate.

MoDOT suggested using a westbound detour of Route 68 north to Route P west, then south on Route 63 to Rolla and back onto westbound I-44.

The eastbound detour is north on Route 63 to east on Route P, then south on Route 68 to St. James and back onto eastbound I-44.

As of 3 pm Saturday, there was a ten-mile backup in each direction approaching the interstate closure points.

Current conditions are available by clicking here.

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