Storm-related accidents injure one on Highway 25, shut down part of I-55

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 ~ Updated 12:15 PM

A Dexter, Mo., man was hurt Tuesday night when high wind blew over his tractor-trailer on Highway 25.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol's crash report website said Robert E. Wyatt, 46, was injured in a crash about 9:15 p.m. when high winds associated with a line of strong storms pushed over his rig on Highway 25, one mile north of Dexter.

Wyatt, who had moderate injuries, was taken by ambulance to Saint Francis Medical Center. He was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash.

Delta and the surrounding area were particularly hard-hit by winds Tuesday night. Several homes were damaged and the roof was ripped off a convenience store.

A car crash in Interstate 55's northbound lane in Cape Girardeau shut down a stretch of traffic for a time, though details were scarce just before midnight as police worked the wreck. A Missouri State Highway Patrol dispatcher said the patrol was assisting with traffic, but that the Cape Girardeau Police Department was in charge of the scene. A dispatcher with the city police department said details wouldn't be available until later. The patrol dispatcher said at about 11:30 p.m. the wreck took place about mile marker 97 and that the passing lane had just opened up.

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