Missouri transportation officials have shut down parts of I-70 after several semi trucks and passenger vehicles were involved two major pileup crashes.
One crash happened around noon on Friday, February 15 in the westbound lanes of I-70 at mile marker 58 near Concordia, Missouri, as heavy snow fell, making the interstate slick and travel treacherous.
It isn’t clear how exactly many vehicles were involved in this crash but in images captured at the scene you can see at least five semi trucks.
— Sandbox Trap Lord (@MrKY859) February 15, 2019
The number of injuries from this crash isn’t yet clear
Another crash occurred around the same time on westbound I-70 at mile marker 29 near Oak Grove. This crash involves approximately 40 vehicles. The Missouri Highway Patrol reports that at least one person has died.
— MSHP Troop A (@MSHPTrooperA) February 15, 2019
Miles-long traffic backups are being reported.
Here is a closer look at the crash which shut down westbound lanes of I-70 near Oak Grove. Traffic backed up for miles. Stay safe out there. (Video taken from passenger seat). @fox4kc pic.twitter.com/7JE4rAAD3z
— Nicole DiAntonio (@WDAFndiantonio) February 15, 2019
All westbound lanes of the interstate are closed at both crash scenes and there is no estimated time for reopening.
Snow will continue to fall through the afternoon in Missouri and road conditions will continue to deteriorate.
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