A Quapaw couple were among those injured in a fiery pile-up that claimed the life of two and injured seven.
Julia Price-Allison, 40, and her husband Rick, of Quapaw, are in stable condition in the burn unit at St. John's in Springfield, Mo., according to Patricia Wilson, superintendent of the Diamond School District in Missouri where Julia Allison is a teacher.
Wilson said Rick Allison was driving his wife to work when they collided into the accident scene.
According to Sgt. Dan Bracker of the Missouri Highway Patrol, the accidents involved nine tractor-trailers, one crane, four passenger vehicles, and two pickups.
William Campbell, 31, of Baxter, Tenn., died at the scene when his tractor-trailer burst into flames.
The driver of a passenger vehicle that was trapped under the engulfed semi also died at the scene.
Bracker said Thursday afternoon the names of additional victims of the fiery crash have not been released.
Fed-Ex accident interruptsI-44 evening traffic
Traffic on I-44 came to a halt Wednesday night after a Federal Express tractor-trailer overturned in the westbound lane at mile marker 326, near the state line.
Authorities say the accident shut the westbound lane down for about three-and-a-half hours between the state line and Miami.
Ottawa County deputies say they were called to reroute traffic through Baxter Springs, Kan., at 9:30 p.m. No injuries were reported and westbound traffic was able to continue around 1 a.m.
It was the second time drivers were stalled on the turnpike Wednesday.