UPDATE: Fiery multi-vehicle crash shuts down I-70 in Montgomery County

3 months 16 hours 47 minutes ago Wednesday, August 15 2018 Aug 15, 2018 Wednesday, August 15, 2018 8:28:00 PM CDT August 15, 2018 in News
By: Emily Spain, KOMU 8 Anchor and Greta Serrin, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

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. 

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.)

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