Stuck semi grinds morning traffic to a halt north of Kirksville

    A tractor-trailer made too wide of a turn and got stuck in mud, blocking traffic in both lanes of Highway 63 just north of Kirksville Thursday morning. (Andy Grove/KTVO)

    Traffic was brought to a standstill Thursday morning on one of the Heartland's busiest highways.

    Just after 8 a.m., a tractor-trailer got stuck as it was turning off of Highway 63 just north of Kirksville.

    According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the 18-wheeler made too wide of a turn into the parking lot of Ridgeway Trucking and became stuck in the mud.

    The tractor was off the highway with its front wheels mired in mud, leaving the trailer blocking both lanes of Highway 63.

    Traffic began to back up along the northbound and southbound lanes as a state trooper arrived on the scene.

    Traffic was slow to get moving as authorities allowed only passenger vehicles to move around the tractor-trailer before it was cleared from the roadway.

    Traffic was able to return to normal flow just after 9 a.m. when the big rig was finally moved out of the way.

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