KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) — A Thursday morning fireplace at a homeless encampment beneath the interstate killed one particular person and halted all westbound I-70 site visitors into Kansas Metropolis.
Police and firefighters had been known as out round 6 a.m. to a fireplace at Interstate 70 and Benton Boulevard. A homeless encampment beneath the interstate there caught fireplace and killed one particular person. No different accidents have been reported.
The hearth burned so scorching that the Missouri Division of Transportation needed to be known as out to test the structural integrity of the bridge. Till MoDOT offers its approval, all westbound I-70 site visitors into town is being diverted onto the 18th Road exit simply south of the scene.
Within the meantime, site visitors is backed up for miles, and authorities are urging anybody who often makes use of I-70 to return into Kansas Metropolis to seek out an alternate route.
No reason for the fireplace has but been given. The homeless one that died is believed to be an grownup, and no foul play is straight away suspected, police mentioned.
An replace and really helpful detour from MoDOT:
“Motorists are suggested that westbound Interstate 70 close to 18th St. will stay closed till additional discover resulting from an early morning fireplace beneath the bridge. Missouri Division of Transportation workers are inspecting the bridge to find out the harm and potential wanted repairs.
Westbound I-70 motorists touring out of Missouri ought to exit I-70 on the Interstate 435 interchange at mile marker 8 to get across the closure. All lanes of eastbound I-70 stay open. For native site visitors solely, westbound I-70 vacationers can proceed so far as the 18th road exit to get to space neighborhoods.”