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.
Kansas City firefighters used large fans on air boats to clear smoke out of the convention center.