Falling logs cause I-70 accident

Sunday, March 7, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 3:56 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

A Friday afternoon accident on Interstate 70 at Stadium Boulevard that involved four vehicles sent one person to the hospital with minor injuries and closed the highway to all traffic for more than an hour.

The accident happened at 12:41 p.m. when several logs fell off an east-bound logging truck, and two semi-trucks behind it tried to avoid hitting the logs. One semi, traveling in the right lane and driven by Evan Mckee, 26, of Spanaway, Wash., hit one of the logs, causing him to lose control and hit the semi traveling next to him in the left lane, which was driven by Ronald Bickel, 61, of Livonia, Mich. Both semis crashed into the concrete median and sent debris flying, police said.

Mckee’s semi continued over the median and collided with a westbound Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Stephen Miller, 49, of Boonville. A westbound Ford Taurus, driven by Lucinda Atkins, 41, of Fayette hit debris from the initial accident, spun out of control and hit the north barrier under the overpass, police said.

Atkins was the only person injured in the accident. She was taken to University Hospital and released Friday afternoon. Neither she nor her 13-year-old passenger were wearing seat belts. The drivers of the other three vehicles were wearing seat belts, police said.

The highway was reopened to all lanes of traffic at about 4:30 p.m.

Police are still searching for the driver of the logging truck.

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