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Morning crash on I-670 forces it to close all day

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A crash involving two tractor-trailers shut down the eastbound lanes of Interstate 670 for about six hours Thursday.

(Image courtesy of KC Scout)

It happened on the Missouri side of the state line, near the Genessee exit.

This unusual wreck involving four vehicles and some serious injuries happened just before 8 a.m.

Kansas City police worked to clean up a crash involving serious injuries along eastbound I-670 at Genessee Street.

According to police, two tractor trailers, one carrying an ingredient for concrete, rear ended the other, a contractor for the postal service. Debris from the crash struck a car, and a jackknifed trailer hit a fourth vehicle.

The two semis got tangled up in such a manner that the cabs of each truck became interlocked.

Rescue crews had trouble getting to one of the drivers. That person was trapped in the wreckage for about two hours.

"They actually had to use two heavy tow trucks, to pull the two vehicles apart allowing them to get down between them and access them," said Sgt. Bill Mahoney, of KCPD's Accident Investigation Unit. "The extrication took well over an hour so it's one of the lengthier ones I've ever seen."

Mahoney says the trapped driver has serious injuries, and paramedics rushed the victim to Truman Medical Center.

It may take some time to clean up the wreckage. The Missouri Department of Transportation says the eastbound lanes are expected to reopen at 2 p.m.

FOX 4 received word at 2:27 p.m., that the work was done and the lanes were back open.

Traffic was being routed off the highway before vehicles get to the West Bottoms.

Once past the wreck, drivers can get on the Interstate at the Genessee ramp from the West Bottoms.


Crews are on the scene working to not only clear the crash, but also treat the injured.

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