UPDATE: Fire put out on eastbound I-70, two people hurt

8 months 1 week 6 days ago Friday, October 12 2018 Oct 12, 2018 Friday, October 12, 2018 12:22:00 AM CDT October 12, 2018 in Top Stories
By: Jaret Holden, Hannah Thomas, Zach Sayer and Siena DeBolt, KOMU 8 Digital Producers
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COOPER COUNTY - UPDATE: The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports two semitrailers caught on fire after one was struck in the rear around 10:50 p.m. Thursday night.

Jesse Leach, 53, of Springfield, MO, came to a stop behind a stranded vehicle on I-70 eastbound and was struck from behind by a 2016 semitrailer operated by Michael McCoy, 38, of Richmond, MO. 

Both vehicles overturned and caught fire.

Leach and McCoy were both transported to University Hospital. Leach was transported by Cooper County EMS with moderate injuries, and McCoy was transported by a trooper with minor injuries.

MSHP Troop F reports the fire is out as of 1:45 a.m.

The vehicle crash blocked traffic heading eastbound on I-70 Thursday night, according to MoDOT. 

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