UPDATE: 08/05/2020, 10:40 p.m. — Missouri State Highway Patrol investigated an accident on Interstate 70 that had traffic at a standstill Wednesday. Three tractor trailers collided, requiring Sherman Lockett, 55, of St. Louis, Illinois, to be flown for medical attention. A passenger in another semi, Abraham Yonas, 37, of Souix Falls, South Dakota, was transported to Fitzgibbon Hospital with moderate injuries.
UPDATE: 08/05/2020, 3:17 p.m. — Troop A reports the crash scene is cleared with traffic moving slowly.
SWEET SPRINGS — Missouri State Highway Patrol is asking motorists to avoid eastbound I-70 near the Sweet Springs exit. Traffic is at a stand still as of 2:25 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5.
Initial reports say two tractor trailers collided, requiring one individual to be Life flighted for medical attention. A second crash occurred around Mile Marker 84, according to patrol spokesman Sgt. Andy Bell. Crews are hooking up trucks to clear the roadway, but Bell says it may take some time for traffic to open.
Troopers are on the scene of an injury crash involving tractor-trailers on I-70 at the 69mm (Sweet Springs). Eastbound traffic is blocked! Avoid this area and expect major delays as crews work to assist the injured and reopen the highway. @MoDOT pic.twitter.com/iFmRy3NJqZ
— MSHP Troop A (@MSHPTrooperA) August 5, 2020