An injury accident at mile marker 207 on the Kansas Turnpike east of Lawrence this afternoon caused Interstate 70 to be closed in both directions temporarily.
An official with the Kansas Turnpike Authority said a semitrailer went through the barrier wall, blocking both lanes of traffic. The truck was leaking diesel fuel and caught fire, but Leavenworth County fire crews were able to extinguish the fire. Work to clean the spilled diesel fuel was ongoing.
KTA maintenance crews were attempting to repair the pieces of barrier that were taken out by the semi. The KTA official said injuries were involved, but she had no further information at this time.
The official also said all parts of the turnpike are clear of standing water, despite flood advisories today in virtually every county the turnpike travels through.