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Electric vehicle batteries scatter and catch fire in I-44 crash near Rolla

KTVI-TV St. Louis logo KTVI-TV St. Louis 1/28/2022 Joe Millitzer
Electric vehicle batteries scatter and catch fire in I-44 crash near Rolla © Provided by KTVI-TV St. Louis Electric vehicle batteries scatter and catch fire in I-44 crash near Rolla

ROLLA, Mo. – A truck carrying 33 lithium-ion batteries designed for Chevy Volt cars, each weighing 1000 pounds, overturned at mile marker 184 on Interstate 44 last night. A second tractor-trailer struck the truck and crashed into the median. This caused the batteries to scatter everywhere and catch fire.

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Rolla Firefighters were able to put out the fire. It took 12 people to free the victims. The truck drivers and one passenger were injured. They were flown to a hospital in Columbia for treatment.

The crash took around four hours to clear. A team from St. Louis is at the scene this morning to help with the clean-up operation, according to the City of Rolla Fire & Rescue.

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