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UPDATE: One killed in accident on eastbound I-70

Monday, August 18, 2014 | 6:49 p.m. CDT; updated 7:22 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, August 19, 2014

*Update: This story has been updated to include details of the crash and the name of the victim.

COLUMBIA — A car crash left one person dead and closed eastbound Interstate 70 west of Columbia on Monday morning.

Three semi-trucks and a passenger vehicle were involved in a crash that caused one of the truck's trailer to catch fire, said Capt. Martina Pounds of the Boone County Fire Protection District. One of the trucks had slowed down because of traffic when another one smashed into the back of it.

One of the truck drivers, Sean Gibson of Waynesboro, Ga., was killed in the accident, Pounds said. The two passengers in the car were both injured and taken to University Hospital.

The exact cause of the trailer fire was unknown and emergency responders worked to contain the fire early Monday afternoon.

Eastbound traffic was closed completely around mile marker 120.4, according to Twitter messages from Public Safety Joint Communications. Traffic was being diverted to Route J at Exit 117. The interstate reopened around 7:45 p.m. Monday, according to Boone County Emergency Management.

Battalion Chief Gale Blomenkamp of the Boone County Fire Protection District said that the State Patrol Major Crash Investigation Team was on the scene to determine the full details of the crash.

Supervising editor is Seth Klamann.


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