OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — After causing delays and headaches during Thursday morning’s rush hour, I-435 and Antioch is back open.
That part of the interstate reopened around 10:20 a.m. after crews finished cleaning up the mess left from Wednesday’s fiery crash that happened around 1 p.m.
In the video above, you can see the truck hit the barrier that separates the US 69 highway exit and westbound I-435. The impact sends it into the air. It lands and then bursts into flames. The cab caught fire with the driver and his dog trapped inside.
One driver heading the opposite direction realized someone was still trapped inside the tractor-trailer so he slammed on the brakes, jumped out of his car and ran over to save the man before the fire grew too big.
“I could see that there was a guy inside and that’s when I just slammed on the brakes as everyone was going slow,” crash witness Ronald Ragan Jr., said. “I just put it in park and got out and told my brother-in-law, ‘I got to go, there’s someone in this vehicle.'”
Road crews say the were repairing what is called an attenuator or a crash cushion, which helps absorb the force during a crash.