Crash Closes Northbound Lanes of I-55 in Bootheel

NEW MADRID, MO (KAIT) - The northbound lanes of Interstate-55 are closed at this hour due to a traffic accident in New Madrid County.

The Missouri Hwy. Patrol says a tractor-trailer rig hauling ammonia crashed about 2:30 this afternoon.  The driver of the truck was taken to a hospital, but there's no word on his injuries.

The Missouri Dept. of Transportation is re-routing traffic at Exit 32 at Portageville to Route 61 and back on to I-55 at Marston.

Lanes could be closed for three to five hours as crews work to clean up the accident site.

(Raycom sister station KFVS contributed to this report.)