UPDATE: Fiery multi-vehicle crash shuts down I-70 in Montgomery County
MONTGOMERY COUNTY - A multiple vehicle accident shut down both sides of Interstate 70 Wednesday around 7 p.m. At least three vehicles caught fire.
Two people were transported by ambulance to a hospital in St. Louis. Bradley Pingel, 48, from Lake Ozark is being treated for serious injuries. Justin Edwards, 37, from Imperial is being treated for minor injuries, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol's crash report.
Missouri Highway Patrol Troop F said the accident involved three tractor-trailers, a U-Haul and a car. Everyone got out, according to Troop F's Twitter.
#I70UPDATE: Some fuel from a tanker truck has leaked into a ditch but confined to the area of the crash. Both directions still blocked. EB traffic is being diverted at New Florence & WB traffic is being diverted at Jonesburg. Both diversions will be to the North Outer Road. pic.twitter.com/CW03axLEhg— MSHP Troop F (@MSHPTrooperF) August 16, 2018
The crash occurred when Edward's tractor-trailer rear ended an Acura. The Acura was pushed into another tractor-trailer. Edward's truck continued moving and struck a U-Haul. The U-Haul was then pushed into a third tractor-trailer.
The accident shut down both eastbound and westbound lanes on the interstate around High Hill at mile marker 181.1.
KOMU 8's sister station out of St. Louis, KSDK, reports traffic was diverted at the 179 exit to Route F to Route V to Route E and back to I-70.
MoDOT asks drivers to also check the MoDot Traveler Map. The highway is expected to be closed for several more hours, according to the traveler map.
(Editor's Note: This story has been updated with information from the Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report.)