According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a westbound Sterling tractor-trailer, driven by Michael J. Braun, 26, of Springfield, blew a tire on the interstate two miles west of Mt. Vernon at 5:43 p.m. The tractor-trailer ran into the median and struck a guardrail, a median cable and a bridge rail before overturning and descending into the Spring River creek bed and catching fire.
Braun received moderate injuries and was taken to St. John's Hospital-Springfield for treatment.
Traffic backed up on the interstate for more than a mile in both directions while firemen worked to douse the blaze.