Driver Slams Into Parked Police Vehicle and Dies

5 years 7 months 3 weeks ago Monday, July 29 2013 Jul 29, 2013 Monday, July 29, 2013 5:57:04 AM CDT July 29, 2013 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The driver of a pickup truck is dead after his vehicle struck an unoccupied police vehicle on Interstate 44 and burst into flames, tangling up traffic for hours.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the crash happened around 10:05 a.m. Saturday when the pickup struck the police vehicle, which was parked to prevent oncoming traffic from hitting a mattress that had fallen into a traffic lane.

The pickup slammed into the police vehicle and swerved into an eastbound tractor-trailer. The pickup driver, who was not immediately identified by police, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash caused traffic backups that continued into early afternoon.

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