Semitrailer fire leads to I-70 closing

Sunday, February 11, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 4:19 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

A semitrailer crashed on Interstate 70 on Friday night, causing a fire and shutting down one lane of eastbound traffic for nearly three hours, the Columbia Fire Department stated in a news release.

The driver, Marusah Ravinde, 51, was admitted to University Hospital, according to news releases from the Columbia police and fire departments. A passenger, Barvvn Vansao, 31, was treated for head injuries. Both men are residents of Ontario, Canada. The two were not listed as patients at University Hospital as of Saturday afternoon.

According to the news releases, the accident occurred at 9:45 p.m. when the semitrailer that Ravinde was driving suddenly veered into the right lane of I-70 near U.S. 63, crashing through the guardrail on the south side of the interstate. The truck veered into a ditch next to the I-70 exit ramp and U.S. 63 connector, where it stopped.

Ravinde and Vansao got out of the vehicle just as it erupted into flames, the police department stated in the release.

The interstate and exit

ramp to the U.S. 63 connector were closed for nearly three hours.

The Fire Department stated in its release that more than two dozen firefighters and emergency workers responded to the accident.

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