UPDATE: (10/12/18, 5:10 a.m.) – The Missouri Highway Patrol has released the report of a fiery collision that closed the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 in Cooper County last night. According to the crash report, a disabled vehicle was blocking the eastbound drive lane near the 110 mile marker near Boonville, just before 11:00 Thursday night. A Freightliner driven by Jesse Leach, 53, of Springfield stopped behind the stalled vehicle. Another eastbound Freightliner driven by Michael McCoy, 38, of Richmond, ran into the rear of Leach’s semi. Both tractor trailers overturned and caught on fire. Leach received moderate injuries and McCoy, minor injuries. Both were transported to University Hospital for treatment.

UPDATE: (10/12/18, 2:10 a.m.) – At least one person was hospitalized after a crash closed eastbound Interstate 70 near Boonville Thursday night. The initial report was a collision between two tractor trailers near the 110.8 mile marker a little before 11:00 p.m. last night. The Missouri Highway Patrol was told the crash involved an ethanol tanker and a car. The tanker caught fire and closed both eastbound lanes of traffic in Cooper County for several hours. We will bring you further details once the crash report is released.

COOPER COUNTY, Mo. – Emergency crews are responding to a collision between two tractor trailers on Interstate 70 in Cooper County.

Around 10:50 p.m., it was reported that the trucks collided at the 110.8 mile marker in an eastbound lane. One of the semi, reported to be a tanker full of ethanol, caught fire and exploded. The second tractor trailer has caught on fire and both lanes of eastbound Interstate are closed at this time. We have no injury information at this time.

Expect a delay unless you have an alternative route tonight.