All lanes reopened after semi catches fire on I-35

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Black smoke filled the air during the morning commute Tuesday morning in Kansas City, Mo.

Police said a semi involved in a single-vehicle accident Tuesday morning caught fire near Cambridge Circle around 7 a.m. The driver was able to climb out of a window and was taken to the hospital. His injuries are not considered serious.

"Witnesses that were going northbound stated that it appeared that maybe his load had shifted – he was carrying a big piece of concrete slab – and it shifted, and as it did, it pulled the truck over with him and he just slid down the highway and then the truck caught on fire," said Sgt. Deb Randol with the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.

Randol said flying debris also damaged some vehicles in the northbound lanes of I-35.

"We had six vehicles that were going northbound that big chunks of concrete came through their windshield," she said. "Luckily, no one was injured, just a lot of cars that were damaged."

Randol said the accident could have been much worse.

"It's fortunate there were no other vehicles near the truck when it overturned because it would have crushed it and may have killed someone," she said.

All lanes of traffic have since been reopened.

Thank you to Denise Whithorne, who uses our fox4kc app. She took these pictures Tuesday morning and sent them to us through our app. Additional videos are available below photo gallery.

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