CUBA, Mo. – Two crashes involving multiple vehicles shut down eastbound I-44 in rural Missouri Thursday. One of the crashes was near Cuba and the other is near Lebanon.

A large stretch of Interstate 44 was closed Thursday afternoon in Crawford County, Missouri. The Missouri Department of Transportation says that the crash has been cleared. It happened at around 11:45 am past exit 203 for Route ZZ. The Sullivan Independent reports that there is a five car pile-up.

Crash near Lebanon, Missouri

Eastbound I-44 is also closed at mile marker 142 in Laclede County. This collision also involved multiple vehicles. MoDOT is asking drivers to avoid the area. The crash happened at around 1:00 p.m. and it should be cleared by 6:00 p.m.

This is a developing story. Check the FOX 2 traffic page for real-time updates. More details will be posted here as they come into the FOX 2 Newsroom.