MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. — An 11-year-old boy walking across southbound Interstate 270 died after he was struck by a car early Tuesday morning.
At around 6:30 a.m., the boy was walking eastbound on the interstate when he stopped in the first lane of traffic, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report.
A 24-year-old woman driving a Volkswagen Jetta tried to stop, but struck the boy. She went to the hospital with minor injuries.
The southbound lanes of Interstate 270 were closed for a few hours near Page Avenue.
The Maryland Heights Police Department warned drivers on Twitter to avoid the area as they were “working a serious accident involving a pedestrian.”
The crash was reported at about 6:30 a.m. and caused a long line of traffic during the morning rush. Just before 10 a.m., the department said the interstate was reopened.
Please avoid the area
South bound 270 between Olive and Page
We are currently working a serious accident involving a struck pedestrian.
Highway will be shut down for some time. pic.twitter.com/f8Yt18zguP
— Maryland Heights PD (@MHPolice) October 13, 2020
SOUTHBOUND I 270 IS CLOSED
PAST DORSETT DUE TO AN ACCIDENT.
PLEASE USE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE.
— MoDOT STL Traffic (@StLouisTraffic) October 13, 2020