2 Killed in wreck involving tractor trailer near Rolla

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ROLLA, Mo. (KMOV) – Two St. Louis men were killed when their vehicle slammed into the back of a tractor trailer in Phelps County, Monday morning.

According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, Jama Ali, 28, of St. Louis, lost control of his Ford Mustang and drove off the left side of Interstate 44.

Ali over-corrected, returned to the westbound lanes of I-44 and slammed into the back end of a tractor trailer just before 9 a.m.

Ali, along with a passenger; Liban Dirie, 41, were pronounced dead at the scene. Both men were believed to have been wearing seat belts at the time of the collision.  

The 51-year-old driver of the semi was not injured in the crash.

No word on what caused Ali to lose control of his car.