Crash closes westbound I-70 near Kansas City, MO

| 10/11/2006

A fiery crash on Interstate 70 east of Kansas City, MO, that involved three tractor trailers and five other vehicles killed three people and injured 11 others last night.

The wreck – near the town of Odessa, MO – shut down the westbound lanes of I-70 from around 11 p.m. Tuesday until 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Two of the dead were a couple in a pickup truck that caught fire when it was crushed between two semis. The other victim was in a separate pickup truck.

None of the semi drivers were seriously hurt.

Sgt. Scott Meyer of the Missouri Highway Patrol told “Land Line Now” on XM Satellite Radio that the road surface was wet from a recent rainfall, but that investigators don’t know what caused the crash.

“Our major crash team is going to do a reconstruction of the accident, trying to match up damage with vehicles to determine who hit who and how they struck one another,” Meyer said. “We’re still interviewing drivers, passengers and any witnesses that were there at the scene, and we’re looking for any other witnesses that might have information.”

Meyer said there was some intermittent fog in the area Tuesday night, but that investigators don’t think it was a factor.