A tow truck hauled off a damaged tractor trailer at just before 7:30 a.m. Thursday, reopening the westbound lanes of the Poplar Street Bridge after an accident that closed the span for two and a half hours.
According to police reports, the crash involved a tractor-trailer truck and a pair of cars. It happened at about 5 a.m. on the Missouri end of the bridge. There was no word if there were any injuries in the accident.
While the mess was being cleaned up, drivers were being forced to exit the span on off ramps leading to Interstate 44-55 and Memorial Drive.
Motorists who tried to use the bridge to head to downtown St. Louis or beyond were met with delays of more than an hour.
The accident marked the second time in as many days that metro-east commuters found a major interstate into St. Louis blocked by an accident involving a semi.
On Wednesday a Budweiser beer truck hauling a load of zinc from Chicago turned over on its side on Interstate 55-70 near its merge with Interstate 64. The truck tipped when its load shifted while going around a curve.