A truck caught fire early Saturday morning, shutting down westbound Interstate 670 downtown and sending plumes of thick, black smoke over the area.
The tractor-trailer was seen engulfed in flames around 6:30 a.m. beneath Bartle Hall in the southwest corner of the downtown loop.
Kansas City police said the truck’s driver escaped with minor cuts.
The KC Scout system reported about 8:30 a.m. that all lanes of westbound I-670 past Broadway, including the left shoulder, remained closed as investigators worked the scene.
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