Lanes reopen after semi crash

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. All lanes are open after a busy afternoon in North Springfield.

A semi turned over at Kansas Expressway and Kearney causing damage and traffic delays just before 2 p.m. on Thursday. The semi, hauling scrap metal for Shapiro Metals, started making it's turn from Kearney, onto southbound Kansas Expressway when the driver heard something wrong.

"He said he heard a pop, some of the witnesses heard a pop," said Ron Fleetwood, plant manager of Shapiro Metals.

Within seconds the truck was on its side.

"So, apparently, something in the load shifted, and it started going over with nothing he can do but ride it out," Fleetwood said.

The driver was not hurt and no one else was injured.

"There may have been a heavy piece or two on top of the load. We don't load the load; we pick it up for the customer. It shifted. With the light stuff underneath, it changed the weight distribution coming around this corner," Fleetwood said.

KSPR spoke with several witnesses who all said they heard the loud pop before the crash.

"We'll salvage it all, that's not a problem . The loss is going to be the truck. I don't know what the price of the truck will be, the chassis we're pulling behind it is $80,000. Hopefully we'll salvage the chassis," Fleetwood said.

It took about two hours to clean up the mess. MoDOT closed the southbound lane of Kansas Expressway while crews worked.

The driver was sent for a company-required drug test, but it appears the crash resulted from the top-heavy load.