Photo: Doolittle Rural Fire Protection District

I-44 in Rolla is open again after a crash involving multiple tractor trailers in Rolla affecting both east and westbound lanes.

Update at 2:30 a.m.:

All lanes have been re-opened on I-44 in Rolla.

Update at 11:30 p.m.:

The right lane on eastbound I-44 is now open, but the left lane and all westbound lanes remain closed.

According to MoDOT the estimated time of cleanup is around four hours.

Update at 9 p.m.:

Sergeant Mike Mitchell with the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop I, tells KTTS News, five people have been transported to a hospital and 2 with moderate injuries.

Mitchell says 1 tractor-trailer was on Westbound I-44 and lost control on wet pavement. A second tractor-trailer, also traveling westbound, lost control on wet pavement.

The first tractor-trailer was carrying 2 pallets of  trymethylaluminum and antimony powder. Both chemicals can be hazardous to people. Antimony powder can be especially dangerous when mixed with water.

There was an evacuation of 300 ft. around the crash.

Troopers say the cleanup could take 2-3 hours.

Previous Coverage:

The Missouri Highway Patrol is working a multiple tractor-trailer crash on I-44 near Rolla.

The Doolittle Fire Department shared the picture above. Emergency crews ask drivers to avoid both the eastbound and westbound lanes at mile marker 184 west of Rolla. One big rig is carrying hazardous materials.

KTTS News will update this story as details develop.

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