STANTON, MO (KPLR)- One person was killed and two others were injured after a jeep collided with a tractor trailer Wednesday morning on Interstate 44, in Franklin County. The accident happened shortly before 3a.m. near mile marker 231. The severity of the crash shut down the eastbound portion of the interstate in the Stanton area for close to five and a half hours. The highway reopened around 8:15am.
Sergeant Al Nothum, of the Missouri Highway Patrol, says a Jeep Wrangler driven by 53-year-old Douglas Fiedler was heading westbound on I-44 when Fiedler lost control. After hitting the center median guard cables, Fielder wounded up in the eastbound lanes. His jeep was hit by the tractor trailer.
Fiedler was pronounced dead at the scene.
Nothum says there was an emergency turn around lane very near where the crash happened. Investigators are still trying to figure out if Fiedler drove through the turn around to the eastbound lanes or if he lost control from the impact with the guard cables. Nothum says Fiedler was on his way to work when the crash happened.
There were two people in the tractor trailer.
They suffered minor injuries and were taken to a hospital in Sullivan for treatment.