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Truck Explosion Brings Downtown St. Louis To a Standstill


An early morning wreck and subsequent explosion on Highway 40 in St. Louis brought traffic to a standstill in downtown St. Louis.

At approximately 5:50 a.m., a truck wrecked in the westbound lanes of Highway 40 -Interstate 64.  Shortly after the crash, the truck burst into flames and a series of explosions occurred.

It took nearly an hour for firefighters to extinguish the blaze.

“The St. Louis Fire Department said the truck was hauling two trailers, with hazardous materials in the second trailer. Firefighters kept the flames from spreading to that second trailer,” with turned out to contain  St. Louis Dispatch reported.

Fire crews later determined the second trailer contained a 55-gallon drum of flammable Polytex.

One person suffered minor injuries in the crash,  authorities have not released the identification of the injured party.

One lane of traffic was opened by 11:00, and all westbound lanes reopened at approximately 12:00 p.m

No other details have been released.


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