A portion of a Missouri highway was shut down for around two hours on Wednesday after a semi truck lost its load.
The accident happened on February 23rd near Briarcliff outside of Kansas City, Missouri along US Highway 169.
🚨Breaking/Traffic Alert: NB 169 Hwy @ 9 Hwy is closed after a tractor trailer lost its load– a giant concrete slab, pictured here. Plz find an alternate route. @claycountymo @JacksonCountyMO #kctraffic pic.twitter.com/d2vs0KQ6Cq— MoDOT Kansas City (@MoDOT_KC) February 23, 2022
According to KMBC News, the massive slab of concrete was on the back of a truck on its way to a construction site when it fell off the trailer due to “mechanical failure.” The slab weighs an estimated 50,000 pounds. Skid marks can be seen on the roadway where the slab began to fall and the truck started coming to a stop.
Update: Interesting approach to picking up the slab. pic.twitter.com/D5NVpaW0xi— MoDOT Kansas City (@MoDOT_KC) February 23, 2022
Crews used two heavy-duty tow trucks to lift the slab and lower it onto another tractor trailer to be hauled away. The incident has since been cleared, but US 169 was closed for about two hours as crews worked to remove the debris.