Man Dies After Three-Car Crash on JRF and Hwy. 65

Published 03/17 2014 08:41AM

Updated 03/17 2014 04:57PM


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Springfield Police Captain Ben King confirmed one person is dead after a three-car crash on the northbound overpass at James River Freeway and Hwy. 65.

According to King, police received multiple calls of a yellow GMC truck driving the wrong way on Hwy. 65 as he crossed the intersections of Chestnut Expwy. and Battlefield Rd.

The driver, who has only been identified as male, swerved to miss troopers trying to divert him on Battlefield Rd. and Hwy. 65 and collided into two other vehicles.

One vehicle, a Hyundai Santa Fe, was only clipped in the accident and had minor damage.  The driver was uninjured.

The other vehicle, a black Chevy Equinox, was nearly hit head-on and damaged extensively. The female driver of that vehicle was extricated from the vehicle and transported to a hospital with serious injuries.

An investigation into the crash is ongoing and more details will be releases as they become available. 

Northbound lanes of Hwy. 65 are still closed and being diverted to eastbound lanes on James River Freeway.  Police say the road should reopen before noon.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A three-car accident caused by a wrong-way driver on the northbound overpass at Hwy. 65 and James River Freeway is causing a heavy traffic backups, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesman.

Serious injuries are reported.  

Traffic has backed up south of the intersection to at least Evans Rd. as drivers are being diverted around the crash scene.

No further information is available at this time.

KOLR10 News has a crew headed to the scene. Stay tuned for updates.

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