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Hwy. 61 shutdown on Sunday after crash involving overturned semi-truck

Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 3:52 pm

By Ethan Colbert

A two-vehicle crash in rural Pike County on Sunday temporarily closed both the northbound and southbound lanes of Highway 61 in rural Pike County.
According to Eolia Fire Protection District’s Public Information Officer Reid LaFave, the northbound lanes of Highway 61 re-opened early Sunday evening. The southbound lanes remain closed as of press time.
LaFave told the Times that emergency responders with the Eolia Fire Protection District had hoped to have both lanes of the highway opened by 6:30 p.m.
Motorists heading southbound are being diverted at Bowling Green, where they are taking a detour of Highway 54 to Louisiana and then south on Highway 79.
LaFave said he was unsure if the Missouri Department of Transportation had posted signs guiding motorists through the detour.

A group of unidentified firefighters work to spray a foam-like substance onto the overturned tank of a semi-truck that was driven by Jeffery L. Bruce, 56, of Roxana, Illinois. Bruce, who was airlifted to a St. Louis area hospital, suffered serious injuries in the crash.

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