Slick roads cause collision on I-70

Sunday, April 19, 2009 | 6:18 p.m. CDT; updated 6:54 p.m. CDT, Sunday, April 19, 2009

ROCHEPORT — At approximately 12:30 p.m. Sunday, a passenger vehicle traveling eastbound on Interstate 70 near mile marker 115 attempted to pass another vehicle and lost control on the rain-covered roadway, according to a representative of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The vehicle sideswiped the car it was passing and traveled through the median, striking a westbound-moving semi-tractor trailer straight on. The semi traveled off the north side of I-70, over a guard rail and into a ravine. It overturned and caught on fire.

The semi and its entire load of household cleaning products were destroyed.

Boone County Fire Protection District Division Chief Gail Blomenkamp confirmed that four individuals were transported to University Hospital, two of which sustained moderate injuries and the other two sustained minor injuries.

Westbound lanes were closed for several hours and motorists were being detoured on Route 40 at mile marker 121 to Boonville, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.

One lane of traffic was opened at approximately 4:30 p.m., but there is still clean up taking place and motorists should expect delays while emergency vehicles finish clearing the scene.

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