Semi hauling pork butts catches fire, temporarily closes I-435 in Kansas City, North

Traffic has resumed along southbound Interstate 435 at Interstate 35 in Kansas City, North, following a blockage caused when a tractor-trailer hauling pork butts caught fire early Wednesday.

The semi, which was hauling 41,500 pounds of pork, became engulfed in flames about 4:15 a.m. near the I-435 and I-35 interchange, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.

The crash closed southbound I-435 for several hours while crews cleared the debris. Traffic was diverted to southbound I-35.

Southbound I-435 reopened shortly before 7 a.m.

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