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Semitrailer crash shuts down one lane of I-70

Wednesday, June 30, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 8:51 a.m. CDT, Friday, July 11, 2008

Traffic was backed up Tuesday evening when an accident occurred on westbound Interstate 70 near the border of Callaway and Boone Counties.

According to state trooper Gary Gundy, a truck with a trailer was traveling east shortly after 6 p.m. when the trailer came unhitched. The trailer, which was empty, crossed the open median and hit a semitrailer in the westbound lane.

The semitrailer was loaded with about 50,000 pounds of clay, Gundy said, which caused it to buckle.

Gundy said he was amazed that no one was hurt in the accident.

Westbound traffic was limited to one lane over the Cedar Creek Bridge where the semitrailer was stopped. At 7:45 p.m., a towing service was trying to get the semitrailer off the bridge. But because the semitrailer buckled and its back wheels were off the ground, clearing the road proved difficult. At 9 p.m., westbound traffic on I-70 was still limited to one lane.


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