Tractor-trailer wreck backs up I-55 traffic; highway closed while truck removed

Friday, February 8, 2013
Members of the Cape Girardeau Police Department, the Cape Girardeau Fire Department and witnesses at the scene of a tractor-trailer accident on Interstate 55 in Cape Girardeau Thursday, Feb. 7. The tractor-trailer came to rest on its side near the South Kingshighway exit hindering northbound traffic just before noon. (Adam Vogler)

A tractor-trailer that turned over on its side hindered traffic on northbound Interstate 55 in Cape Girardeau just before noon.

The wreck was near the South Kingshighway exit from I-55. One northbound lane was blocked, and traffic was moving slowly, but picking up speed just before noon, with cars backed up in a long line.

The driver for James A. Smith Transportation Inc. told police she passed out in a coughing fit while driving, according to Cape Girardeau police at the scene. She was driving south and went through the cable barrier, police said.

There's no word yet on her condition.

The crash caused the interstate to be closed in the northbound lanes for about two hours while the wreck was cleared.

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