Black ice causes crashes and slow downs on area interstates

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ST. LOUIS – Black ice made for slick conditions on area bridges during the Monday morning commute, resulting in crashes that slowed traffic to a creep.

Crews were forced to shut down the eastbound lanes on the Chain of Rocks Bridge after a truck nearly went off the side of the overpass and into the Mississippi River. EMS had a difficult time getting to the scene because of the backup.

Getting downtown wasn’t an easy task either. An IDOT salt truck struggled to get through a big backup near the 55/70/64 split. The workers needed to get to a slick spot; one of many causing crashes this morning.

Westbound I-64 was closed near Busch Stadium for a crash. Shortly later, crews were forced to close eastbound I-64 following a crash near Union Station.

Crashes caused a slowdown on the Blanchette Bridge too.

There were reports of icy conditions on bridges and flyover ramps across the metro region.

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An earlier version of the story reported an incorrect number of people trapped. This story has since been updated to reflect the correction information.

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