Two drivers suffer minor injuries; two semis totaled in Cooper County crash
COOPER COUNTY, Mo. (KMIZ)
Two men suffered minor injuries in a crash that involved two semi-trucks Wednesday morning near the 96-mile marker on Interstate 70 in Cooper County.
A 2018 MACK CXU – driven by Markell McCottrell, 40, of St. Louis – was traveling westbound on Interstate 70 when it exited the left side of the roadway and struck the median cables, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report. That vehicle then returned to the roadway and went off exited the right side, striking the guardrail before exiting the left side again.
The Mack truck continued through the median cables and hit a 2019 Kenworth TC680 – driven by Endalkachew Tedla, 34, of Denver, Colorado – that was heading eastbound, according to the report. The Kenworth went off the left side of the roadway and hit the median cables.
Both drivers were taken to University Hospital in Columbia by ambulance. Both trucks were totaled. Both passing lanes were closed for at least a half hour early Wednesday, according to MSHP.
The westbound passing lane in now open. The eastbound passing lane will remain blocked for approximately 30 minutes. pic.twitter.com/SG4cscMOWY— MSHP Troop F (@MSHPTrooperF) March 29, 2023