Interstate 44 In Missouri: 25-Vehicle Pileup Sends 11 To Hospitals

A 25-vehicle pileup on Interstate 44 outside Rolla, Missouri, sent at least 11 people to the hospital Saturday, NBC News is reporting.

At about 1:30 p.m. local time, a Greyhound bus carrying 55 passengers rear-ended a tractor-trailer truck on snow-covered Interstate 44 near Rolla, a city of 20,000 people, about 100 miles west of St. Louis.

The crash started a chain-reaction pileup, eventually leaving over two dozen vehicles scattered across the road and in the ditches alongside. At least one of the vehicles involved in the Interstate 44 pileup was a tractor trailer carrying corrosive and flammable materials. A small amount spilled onto the road; the Missouri Highway Patrol said the spill was minor. KSDK reports that the chemical spill won’t be completely cleaned up until some time Sunday afternoon, due to the weather. The pileup sent 11 people — all passengers on the bus — to area hospitals. The remaining 44 passengers were taken to an area church for shelter.

A Rolla hotel sheltered other victims of the pileup.

Further west on Interstate 44, near the town of Lebanon, another snow-related crash claimed two lives at around 4 p.m. local time Saturday.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, most major highways in the eastern half of the state, including Interstate 44 near Rolla, remain covered or partially covered with snow and ice.

[Image courtesy of: NBC News]