BERKELEY, MO (KTVI) – A big rig rollover crash near Lambert Airport kills one man and leads to a lengthy road closure.
It took crews hours to clean up the mess from the crash.
It happened a little before 9:30pm Monday night on Air Cargo Road near James S. McDonnell Boulevard.
The Missouri Highway Patrol says the driver, 68-year-old Jerry Olson from Berkeley, somehow lost control of the big rig.
It rolled over into an embankment and nearly onto some Metrolink tracks.
Olson was pronounced dead at the scene.
“We know what happened here. We just don`t know exactly why he left the roadway. Did he fall asleep, was there a medical condition, did he hit this ice here and snow on the side of the road, so we`ll figure all that out,” said Sergeant Al Nothum from the Highway Patrol.
A stretch of Air Cargo Road was closed for more than seven hours after the wreck.
First, crews had to deal with the crash investigation and getting the big rig out of the embankment.
Then they had to deal with a countless number of plastic soda bottles that the big rig was carrying.
The containers fell out of the trailer after the wreck.
A-One Towing out of St. Charles was called in to get the big rig out. They returned later to remove the soda containers.
It was all part of a very difficult clean up.
“This one ranks up there probably among one of the toughest that we`ve had to deal with,” said A-One`s owner Gary Bentley.
He added, “It`s not an easy process when you`re dealing with the weather conditions and the cold and the rain on top of the obviously, the mass chaos that you got going on with the typical recovery situation.”
“We have to figure out why he left the roadway. Once we do that, we`re pretty much done,” explained Nothum.