UPDATE: This crash has been cleared and Interstate 44 is back open.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, one of the four vehicles involved in the crash was driving too fast for the rainy conditions and rear-ended a pickup truck. That caused the second truck to run into the back of another truck, which lost control and drove through the median, hitting a westbound vehicle.
The driver of the second vehicle, the truck that was rear-ended by the driver who troopers say was going to fast, was seriously hurt and was taken to Mercy in Springfield. No one else was injured.
LEBANON, Mo. — A crash that happened just after 10:30 Monday morning closed the eastbound lanes of Interstate 44 in Lebanon.
According to the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Traveler Information Map, eastbound 44 is closed past the exit at 123 County Road.
MoDOT recommends drivers use an alternate route. Eastbound 44 is expected to be closed until at least 12:30 p.m. Monday.