OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- A driver was trapped in a burning semi on westbound I-435 and Antioch Wednesday morning. Initially it was reported that firefighters pulled the driver from the truck, but FOX 4 has since heard that a passerby quickly responded and helped the injured driver from the cab.
KDOT tells FOX 4 that the westbound lanes of the interstate will be closed until 10 a.m., Thursday, from Antioch to Quivira. Drivers normally using this route Thursday morning will want to allow extra time or choose an alternate route.
According to the husband of one witness to the crash, his wife was driving on I-435 when she saw the burning truck. Both she and another driver, whom she described as a stranger in his 20s, stopped to help, while other cars drove right by through the thick smoke. They pulled the semi driver and his dog out of the truck, the husband says. She says the driver had a few burn marks, but appeared to be okay overall.
The fire started after a semi slammed into a traffic barrier in front of a bridge support. FOX 4 found the following tweets from drivers who witnessed the aftermath of the crash. We also have a crew on the scene for updates. FOX 4's Kera Mashek talked to the heroic drivers who stopped to help the man. Look for updates on her story on FOX 4 newscasts, the fox4kc app and Facebook page.
Nick Vasos reports this is the third fiery crash along that stretch of highway in the last five weeks. The area is currently a work zone.