Traffic was backed up for miles Wednesday morning after a beer truck carrying zinc bars tipped over near the metro-east's biggest interstate exchange.
The Budweiser semi was on its side on westbound Interstate 55/70 just west of the merger with I-64. Only one lane of cars was getting through while the mess was being cleaned up. When the truck's trailer landed on its side, its top popped and part of its load spilled out over the highway and its shoulder.
The accident happened at 5:32 a.m., according to Illinois State Police spokesman Calvin Dye Jr. and it caused the interstate to be shut down for nearly three hours. The highway lanes were reopened at 8:20 a.m.
Dye said the truck, which was operated by a contract transport company, was used to ship a load of beer to the Chicago area. Then it was sent back to St. Louis with a load of zinc bars in place of the suds. When the truck took a curve on the interstate its load shifted and the tractor-trailer tipped over.
Motorists were urged to avoid the area and use a different route to get to downtown St. Louis during the Wednesday morning rush hour.
According to state police reports, there were no injuries because of the accident. The driver was cited for failure to secure the truck's load. Dye said the report was not yet complete so he could not release the name of the driver.
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