Tractor trailer accident snarls Interstate 70 traffic

COLUMBIA, Mo. - A tractor trailer crash backed up traffic for hours on Interstate 70 in Columbia.

Just after 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, emergency crews were called to the accident on the eastbound lanes of I-70 at the exit ramp to Highway 63.

The Columbia Fire Police Department says the tractor trailer -- carrying automotive batteries -- struck the concrete railing on the passing lane, jack-knifed and crossed both eastbound lanes before ending up in a ditch.

Due to the crash, emergency officials had to temporarily close the exit ramp to Highway 63. By 4:30 p.m., crews were able to clear the scene and reopen the lanes to traffic.

The driver was transported to University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Firefighters say both fuel tanks ruptured, spilling about 200 gallons of diesel. Crews were able to set up a dam and absorbent booms to contain the fuel.

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