UPDATE: Traffic cleared following 2 collisions on Interstate 70

Thursday, January 9, 2014 | 6:03 p.m. CST; updated 6:08 p.m. CST, Thursday, January 9, 2014
A tractor-trailer overturned Thursday in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 at mile marker 131. Traffic was moving slowly.

COLUMBIA — Lanes in both directions of Interstate 70 were closed west of the Lake of the Woods exit on Thursday afternoon after a tractor-trailer collided with a car and went through the median.

At 3 p.m., about an hour after the accident, the Missouri Department of Transportation reported the eastbound lanes were being cleared. By later in the afternoon, both lanes in each direction were open, according to the Department of Transportation's traveler's map.

Battalion Chief Gale Blomenkamp of the Boone County Fire Protection District said a westbound tractor-trailer collided with a car carrying three passengers while trying to merge from the passing lane into the right lane. The driver of the truck then tried to move back into the passing lane but overcorrected and went through the median and onto eastbound traffic, blocking vehicles on both lanes headed east, Blomenkamp said.

The collision caused the car to go over a guardrail and down an embankment, Blomenkamp said. All three passengers where able to get out of the car, and two were uninjured. The third, complaining of neck pain, was taken to University Hospital.

Battalion Chief Brad Fraizer of the Columbia Fire Department said another accident in the eastbound lanes followed the initial collision. A pickup truck pulling a trailer that carried another pickup truck collided with a tractor-trailer, he said. The Columbia Fire Department arrived at 2:10 p.m. and remained for about an hour, he said. No one was injured.

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