Fiery semi-truck crash closes WB I-670 past Broadway - KCTV5

Fiery semi-truck crash closes WB I-670 past Broadway

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It was a scary sight, but luckily there were only minor injuries to a truck driver whose tractor-trailer crashed and burst into flames under Bartle Hall early Saturday morning.

It happened shortly before 6 a.m. on westbound Interstate 670 just past Broadway Boulevard in the southwest corner of the downtown loop. The smoke from the flames billowed over the downtown area and could be seen for several miles.

The Kansas City Fire Department said the semi-truck jackknifed and hit a barricade, which caused the truck's diesel fuel-filled saddle tanks to burst into flames.

The trailer was carrying empty fuel containers. The fuel was petroleum based and that mixed with the diesel fuel fire, creating heavy black smoke.

The fire burned the tractor-trailer and the cab down to its metal frame.

The fire department used water and foam to put the fire out.

The driver of the truck sustained cuts and bruises, and some minor burns, but he was not taken to a hospital.

Engineers from the Missouri Department of Transportation and Kansas City came out to inspect the bridge pillars, and the area around Bartle Hall, but the flames did not cause any structural problems.

Some of the heavy smoke from the fire did make its way into Bartle Hall. The fire department brought out one of its river air boats to help ventilate and move fresh air into the building.

Westbound I-670 just past Broadway was closed for most of the morning to remove the wreckage and debris. It remained closed until about 1:15 p.m.

Click here to view images of the crash.

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