I-70 reopens after four semi-truck accident

4 years 2 months 1 week ago Thursday, October 02 2014 Oct 2, 2014 Thursday, October 02, 2014 8:36:00 AM CDT October 02, 2014 in News
By: Kellan Marvin, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - Interstate 70 reopened shortly after 7 a.m. Thursday after four semi trucks crashed west of Stadium Boulevard near the Sorrells overpass. Columbia firefighters got on the scene at 4:21 a.m. and found the four tractor-trailers wrecked with debris blocking the roadway. It caused the westbound lanes of I-70 to be shut down for nearly three hours.

Firefighters said one of the drivers was pinned in the wreckage. They used rescue tools to free the trapped driver. CFD Battalion Chief John Metz said the injuries were not life-threatening. He said, "We're fortunate that with this level of damage we didn't have more serious injuries."

Columbia Police Public Information Officer Latisha Stroer said the driver is James Warriner, 63, from Holden.

Stroer said the crash started when two tractor trailers traveling westbound collided briefly, knocking off an outside mirror on one of the trailers. The driver of that trailer swerved to avoid the second tractor trailer, but during the swerve the trailer seperated from the tractor and overturned. The tractor trailer that initially hit the first crashed into the seperated trailer, damaging the trailer and its contents. A third tractor trailer crashed into the pileup. A fourth crashed into an embankment attempting to avoid the wreck.

The Columbia Fire Department closed the westbound lanes to clear debris along mile marker 123. The Boone County EMA alerts advised drivers to take highway 63 North to highway 36 or 63 South to highway 54 as a detour.

 

[Editor's note: Photo courtesy of the Columbia Fire Department.]

[Editor's note: This story was updated at 9:30 a.m. to include the name of the injured driver. ]

[Editor's note: This story was updated at 11:30 a.m. to include an update on the details of the incident. ]

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Firefighters responded to a residential structure fire overnight. The blaze started around 11:49 p.m. Monday. The fire... More >>
22 minutes ago Tuesday, December 11 2018 Dec 11, 2018 Tuesday, December 11, 2018 3:16:47 AM CST December 11, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Some students are starting to voice their opinions about possible redistricting of a new middle school. CPS... More >>
7 hours ago Monday, December 10 2018 Dec 10, 2018 Monday, December 10, 2018 8:30:00 PM CST December 10, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - More than 100 people gathered in Jefferson City Monday to learn more about the planned health care... More >>
7 hours ago Monday, December 10 2018 Dec 10, 2018 Monday, December 10, 2018 8:08:00 PM CST December 10, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Nobel Prize winner George P. Smith, a retired professor, says he lives a rather humble life beyond the... More >>
8 hours ago Monday, December 10 2018 Dec 10, 2018 Monday, December 10, 2018 7:13:00 PM CST December 10, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's Republican Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft on Monday asked the Democratic auditor... More >>
11 hours ago Monday, December 10 2018 Dec 10, 2018 Monday, December 10, 2018 4:22:00 PM CST December 10, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri's Dr. George Smith was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry Monday afternoon in... More >>
11 hours ago Monday, December 10 2018 Dec 10, 2018 Monday, December 10, 2018 3:50:00 PM CST December 10, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A Boone County circuit judge sentenced Miles Leighton Hillegas to seven years in prison Monday for an April... More >>
12 hours ago Monday, December 10 2018 Dec 10, 2018 Monday, December 10, 2018 3:15:00 PM CST December 10, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Christian Fellowship School is mourning the loss of student Bryce Hill, who was killed in a crash Saturday... More >>
12 hours ago Monday, December 10 2018 Dec 10, 2018 Monday, December 10, 2018 3:14:00 PM CST December 10, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - MU assistant professor Pamela Brown said Dr. George P. Smith deserves the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for more... More >>
12 hours ago Monday, December 10 2018 Dec 10, 2018 Monday, December 10, 2018 3:06:00 PM CST December 10, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- Charges have been filed in the fatal shooting of 19-year old Nilez Nichols in Jefferson City. Prosecutors... More >>
13 hours ago Monday, December 10 2018 Dec 10, 2018 Monday, December 10, 2018 2:20:00 PM CST December 10, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The holiday period is a busy time for scams targeting shoppers, according to Michelle Gleba, Regional Director for... More >>
14 hours ago Monday, December 10 2018 Dec 10, 2018 Monday, December 10, 2018 1:04:00 PM CST December 10, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A massive tuba ensemble has smashed a Guinness World Record in Kansas City and spread... More >>
15 hours ago Monday, December 10 2018 Dec 10, 2018 Monday, December 10, 2018 12:07:00 PM CST December 10, 2018 in News
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN- University of Missouri Professor Emeritus George Smith officially accepted his portion of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry Monday.... More >>
16 hours ago Monday, December 10 2018 Dec 10, 2018 Monday, December 10, 2018 11:18:00 AM CST December 10, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA — Police arrested Missouri defensive end Tre Williams early Sunday following a reported domestic incident. According to the... More >>
17 hours ago Monday, December 10 2018 Dec 10, 2018 Monday, December 10, 2018 10:39:00 AM CST December 10, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Those struggling to afford holiday gifts for their loved ones may still have options. Registration ends today for... More >>
1 day ago Monday, December 10 2018 Dec 10, 2018 Monday, December 10, 2018 3:27:53 AM CST December 10, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia firefighters responded to a fire at Columbia Crossing Apartments on Towne Drive late Sunday night. Division... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, December 09 2018 Dec 9, 2018 Sunday, December 09, 2018 11:30:00 PM CST December 09, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- Treacherous driving conditions and canceled flights could keep residents stuck at home for days as a nasty mix... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, December 09 2018 Dec 9, 2018 Sunday, December 09, 2018 6:25:00 PM CST December 09, 2018 in News
OSAGE BEACH – A dog groomer in Osage Beach has made it a mission to train service dogs after she... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, December 09 2018 Dec 9, 2018 Sunday, December 09, 2018 2:08:00 PM CST December 09, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 27°
4am 27°
5am 26°
6am 25°
7am 27°