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UPDATE: I-55 reopens after fire and fatal accident

All lanes on northbound Interstate 55 reopened overnight after a series of incident shut down the highway in South County and Arnold Thursday afternoon. It began just after noon, when a semi carrying hazardous materials overturned and caught fire along northbound I-55 just past Butler Hill. Then, about 1:30 p.m. a tractor-trailer driver from Minnesota […]

UPDATE: I-55 reopens after fire and fatal accident

All lanes on northbound Interstate 55 reopened overnight after a series of incident shut down the highway in South County and Arnold Thursday afternoon.

It began just after noon, when a semi carrying hazardous materials overturned and caught fire along northbound I-55 just past Butler Hill.

Then, about 1:30 p.m. a tractor-trailer driver from Minnesota was killed when his truck plowed into the back end of another semi that was waiting in the traffic jam along northbound I-55 at Hwy. 141.

The combination shut down I-55 in both directions for several hours.

All of the southbound lanes had reopened before nightfall, but several northbound lanes remained closed until after 3:00 this morning.

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