An auto accident involving three tractor-trailers had crews scrambling to clean up debris in order to reopen Interstate 44 on Thursday. As traffic slowed near the exit for Highway 50, one tractor-trailer rear-ended another causing the truck to jackknife and collide with a third tractor-trailer. The trucks were transporting hazardous material and burst into flames upon impact. The accident happened at around 12:45 p.m. and workers were able to reopen the interstate about three hours later, with the exception of one lane that requires repairs. The Missouri State Highway Patrol did not indicate of the drivers were injured and the investigation is ongoing.
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