UPDATE: Fire put out on eastbound I-70, two people hurt

Posted on 12 October 2018 at 1:22am
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COOPER COUNTY - UPDATE: The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports two semitrailers caught on fire after one was struck in the rear around 10:50 p.m. Thursday night.

Jesse Leach, 53, of Springfield, MO, came to a stop behind a stranded vehicle on I-70 eastbound and was struck from behind by a 2016 semitrailer operated by Michael McCoy, 38, of Richmond, MO. 

Both vehicles overturned and caught fire.

Leach and McCoy were both transported to University Hospital. Leach was transported by Cooper County EMS with moderate injuries, and McCoy was transported by a trooper with minor injuries.

MSHP Troop F reports the fire is out as of 1:45 a.m.

The vehicle crash blocked traffic heading eastbound on I-70 Thursday night, according to MoDOT.