Fatal accident closes eastbound I-44 from Grand to Jefferson

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department confirmed a fatal accident on Interstate 44 eastbound between Grand and Jefferson.

Officials say the 20-year-oldĀ Morgan Ciota, the driver of a car was going too fast on the slick roads, lost control and was hit by a tractor trailer Monday around 11:00am.

The young woman died. Her name has not been released yet.

Traffic was backed up on I-44 and drivers were urged to use another route. It was reopened around 1:00pm.


Roads across the area are still not safe in many stretches. Piled snow, especially at intersections, is causing problems.

Snow is also melting in the sun, then refreezing on the surface due to the extreme cold is causing slick driving conditions.