MILLLER COUNTY, Mo. - UPDATE 4:20 P.M.
The patrol said one lane is open and traffic is starting to move.
A multiple car pileup was expected to cause a three-hour backup on Route 54 Friday.
The crash originally happened on westbound 54 west of Highway 17 near Opie Road around 1:30 p.m, according to MoDOT.
Sgt. Scott White with the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop F said the preliminary estimate is that 50 vehicles are involved in crashes or slideoffs in the same general area.
MoDOT estimated westbound 54 would be closed for a minimum of three hours. The agency said crews will need to clear the vehicles and clear the road, while emergency medical services treat anyone with injuries.
US 54 Update: Cleanup efforts still underway. Roadway still blocked. Once the roadway is clear, it will need to be treated/plowed. pic.twitter.com/BbzwQqOnkU— MSHP Troop F (@MSHPTrooperF) February 15, 2019