UPDATE 11:55 AM: Post-Dispatch has more details. Driver, a 28-year-old woman from Highland IL killed apparently while sitting in line to exit at Vandeventer/Kingshighway. I know this is a common back-up point, and that it can really be scary when 18-wheelers whiz by going southwest. Quite tragic.
We've got a real traffic accident clusterfuck this morning, caused perhaps by drivers going too fast for the slightly snowy conditions.
On my way to work on Gravois, I noticed traffic backed up on both northbound I-55 and southbound I-55 in the approach ramps to westbound I-44.
Channel 5 reports two tractor-trailers and a car collided on WB 44 near Vandeventer. Channel 2 is reporting the driver of the car was killed, but nobody else is saying that online, yet.
Checking Gateway Guide, we see that WB I-44 on-ramps at Grand and Jefferson are closed, and traffic is (somehow) being diverted to Jefferson.
Compounding matters further, Gateway Guide is now also reporting an injury accident on SB I-55 at Park Ave. - no doubt partially related to the traffic back-up from the accident several miles west.
Reported 10:10 AM:
" SB I-55 AT PARK AV INJURY ACCIDENT THE THREE LEFT LANES ARE BLOCKED. THERE IS A SHORT BACKUP." and "NB I-55 AT PARK AVE, THE TWO LEFT LANES ARE CLOSED DUE TO A SB ACCIDENT. TRAFFIC BACKS UP NEAR I-44."
All I can say is - be careful out there! And, if you're driving you should probably take Arsenal or some other alternative route for right now instead of I-44.