Interstate 70 reopened after tow truck accident - KMOV.com

Interstate 70 reopened after tow truck accident

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(KMOV) -- Interstate 70 has been reopened after a tow truck went air-born and flew off the highway late Thursday evening.

The accident occurred around 10:30 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of the highway between Lucas & Hunt and Jennings Station.

Police reports say the tow truck went air-born on the highway and flew off the interstate. The truck hit a power pole after flying off the highway. The pole landed on top of the vehicle and caught fire. 

According to police, two people were on-board the truck at the time of the accident. Police have identified the two victims of this accident as 40-year-old Ollie Jefferson-Bey and 44-year-old Christopher Upchurch-Bey.

Police reports say Jefferson-Bey was the driver of the tow truck and Upchurch-Bey was the passenger. Jefferson-Bey was thrown out of the truck during the accident.

Both men were airlifted to the hospital shortly after the accident. Both are listed in serious condition at this moment.

Ameren crews say several hundred homes in the area have lost power as a result of the accident. Crews are on the scene working to restore power back to those who are without it.

The Missouri Highway Patrol is currently investigating the cause of the accident at this time.

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