Cape Girardeau man killed in early morning crash on I-55

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An early morning accident left one dead and closed the southbound lanes of Interstate 55 for several hours.

According to the state Highway Patrol, at 4:43 a.m. Tuesday, a vehicle driven by Lauren D. Reece, 61, of Cape Girardeau was disabled in the roadway on I-55 at the 75.8 mile marker following a non-injury crash.

A semi-truck, driven by Jerome Rivers, 58, of Summersville, Tennessee, was southbound on I-55 and struck the rear of Reece's vehicle. Reece's vehicle then struck the cable barrier.

Reece was pronounced dead at the scene by Scott County Coroner Scott Branum at 5:05 a.m.

The southbound lanes at Benton, Missouri, exit 80 were closed for several hours with one lane reopening shortly before 8 a.m. and both lanes reopening at approximately 9:30 a.m.

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