Yesterday when I headed over to Collinsville around 1 I noticed all kinds of orange trucks off to the right side as I approached the Poplar Street Bridge. Moving east a bit, I saw what the deal was. A big truck hauling a huge mobile home was stuck on the curve of the on ramp which is part of a work zone. MoDOT has put those concrete dividers on that ramp which narrowed the driving surface. That truck driver could not maneuver through it and was stuck. Lots of workers standing around.
What I didn't know until later in the day was that situation took hours and hours to get the truck off that spot and clear the road for other drivers to get through. If you look at the live video captured yesterday by a KMOV helicopter you'll see traffic heading east from 44 and 55 stretched out for miles and just sitting. No one could get off so they had to sit.
I never did hear how or when this ended, like so many news stories the follow up is lacking. I've looked in all the local news sites and don't see anything about the conclusion. But comments to this story on Facebook indicated that it was still going late in the afternoon. It seems at the end, he had to back that thing off. The video show how big it was.
Interestingly, one woman commented on the Facebook post all afternoon and her constant comment was, "He did not have a permit". She kept reiterating this because other commenters insisted on saying that the permit would have told him to take him to another route and he disregarded it.
The woman with the "he did not have a permit" comments works in that office for MoDOT.