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.