UPDATE: Two-mile stretch of I-70 near Kansas City likely to be closed all day

Friday, June 7, 2013 | 7:41 a.m. CDT; updated 3:03 p.m. CDT, Friday, June 7, 2013

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Interstate 70 is closed both lanes in eastern Kansas City near I-435 after a semi-tractor truck crashed and exploded.

Missouri Department of Transportation spokeswoman Holly Dentner indicated it could be "well after 8 p.m. Friday" before the highway is reopened.

Traffic has been detoured to U.S. 40. Fans heading to the Royals game at 7:10 p.m. Friday are strongly encouraged to leave early and take an alternate route.

The accident occurred about 5 a.m. near the Manchester exit. Local media show the truck burning intensely before the blaze was extinguished about 5:30 a.m.

About 6 a.m., television helicopters were showing a burned out shell of the truck on its side. It pushed the concrete barrier into the opposite lanes, prompting authorities to close the interstate in both directions.

The tanker was carrying flammable liquids. Damage to the tanker's valves is adding to the challenge of offloading hazardous, flammable material from the overturned trailer, Dentner said.

According to the Kansas City Star, the highway was expected to remain closed for several hours while crews cleared the wreckage, repaired the median and cleaned up remaining hazardous materials.


Read more here: reports indicate the driver was not seriously hurt.Further details were not immediately available.




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