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Hwy. 61 shutdown on Sunday after crash involving overturned semi-truck

Posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 3:07 pm

By Ethan Colbert

A two-vehicle crash in rural Pike County temporarily closed on Sunday both the northbound and southbound lanes of Highway 61 in rural Pike County.
According to Eolia Fire Protection District’s Public Information Officer Reid LaFave, the northbound lanes of Highway 61 re-opened early Sunday evening. The southbound lanes remain closed as of press time.
LaFave told the Times that emergency responders with the Eolia Fire Protection District had hoped to have both lanes of highway opened by 6:30 p.m.
Motorists heading southbound are being diverted at Bowling Green, where they are taking a detour of Highway 54 to Louisiana and then south on Highway 79.
LaFave said he was unsure if the Missouri Department of Transportation had posted signs guiding motorists through the detour.

A look at the congested northbound lanes at Eolia Sunday evening, more than three hours after the traffic crash occurred near the intersection of Highway 61 and Hwy. OO in rural Pike County.
Northbound motorists were being diverted at Eolia and directed to take Hwy. D to Highway 79 at Clarksville towards Louisiana and then to Hwy. 54 to Bowling Green. Southbound motorists were being encouraged to take Highway 79 south towards St. Louis.
The northbound lanes of Hwy. 61 remained closed through much of the day on Sunday only re-opening after 5 p.m.

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