A crash early Sunday morning on Interstate 44 west of Rolla claimed the life of a Michigan man.
According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol incident report, Lawrence L. Woods. 54, of Detroit, Mich., died in the crash on westbound I-44 at the 182 mile marker.
Woods was driving a 2014 Kenworth tractor-trailer westbound when the vehicle ran off the right side of the interstate, struck a sign, a guardrail and multiple trees.
Woods was wearing a seat belt, the patrol reported. Woods was taken to Phelps County Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 5:29 a.m. by Phelps County Deputy Coroner Lenox Jones.
The crash was reported at 4:33 a.m. The vehicle was totaled.
This is the 16th fatality this year in the patrol’s Troop I area, which covers Phelps and five other south central Missouri counties.