BOONE COUNTY, Mo. (KMIZ)
A Boone County Hearth District assistant chief was killed in an Interstate 70 crash early Wednesday.
Watch a Boone County Hearth Safety District information convention within the participant beneath.
The district stated in a information launch that Bryant Gladney died on the scene after the crash involving a tractor-trailer close to Route Z. Gladney was going to the scene of an earlier crash when a westbound tractor-trailer hit Gladney’s truck at excessive velocity earlier than hitting a College Hospital ambulance and the car concerned within the authentic crash, in accordance with the discharge.
The unique crash concerned a field truck on its facet, district Chief Scott Olsen stated at a information convention. The report got here in as a truck that crossed the centerline and overturned, Assistant Chief Gale Blomenkamp stated. The folks concerned within the first crash weren’t damage.
Blomenkamp stated Gladney lived close to the crash scene, which is why he responded. He was a 25-year member of the hearth district.
Gladney directed the district’s emergency medical services, in accordance with the district’s web site. He was additionally a member of the Task Force 1 urban search and rescue team sent to New York City on 9/11.
Gladney was extricated and pronounced lifeless on the hospital. I-70 remained closed within the space about 4 hours after the crash. Site visitors was being diverted on the Route J exit. His demise was the primary line-of-duty demise within the district’s historical past, Blomenkamp stated.
Gladney’s truck was blocking the driving lane of the interstate to guard the unique crash scene when it was hit, Cpl. Kyle Inexperienced with the Missouri State Freeway Patrol stated. The tractor-trailer may have simply prevented the crash by transferring into the passing lane, he stated.
“And that’s what we encourage folks to do is concentrate,” Inexperienced stated. “If you see the emergency lights on forward decelerate and transfer into the open lane.”
Blomenkamp stated the truck was touring at freeway velocity. The velocity restrict on that stretch of I-70 is 70 mph.
A witness to the crash who requested to not be recognized stated he was serving to direct site visitors when it occurred. The dashing semi-truck almost hit the witness and his car along with his household inside earlier than hitting Gladney’s SUV and dragging it down the freeway, the witness stated.
Members of the Boone County Fee expressed their condolences in a press release Wednesday morning.
“We’re deeply saddened by the demise of Assistant Chief Bryant Gladney within the line of obligation,” the fee stated. “Our ideas and prayers are along with his household and colleagues as they grieve his loss. We ask the neighborhood to recollect Assistant Chief Gladney and his final present to the neighborhood that he served with such nice honor.”
Different emergency response businesses posted messages about Gladney’s demise on their social media pages.
“Our deepest sympathy goes out to the household of the fallen firefighter, and to the Boone County Fire Protection District on this time of tragedy,” the Columbia Police Division stated.
The mangled tractor-trailer remained on the crash scene for hours. The truck is registered to Categorical 2000 Transportation out of Bridgeton, Missouri, in accordance with federal information obtainable on-line. Firm drivers have been in two damage crashes over the previous two years previous to Wednesday’s crash, information present.
Boone County Joint Communications reported at about 5 a.m. the westbound lanes of I-70 close to Route Z had been shut down. The highway reopened just a little earlier than 11 a.m.
In response to the Missouri State Freeway Patrol, Troop F was notified at about 4:30 a.m. of a crash involving a field truck on the 135.2-mile marker.
Troopers stated at 4:50 a.m. a semi-truck hit the automobiles of emergency crews who responded to the primary crash.
State Troopers are investigating a a number of car damage crash on westbound I-70 on the 135 mile marker in Boone County.
The roadway is blocked so please attempt to discover an alternate route. pic.twitter.com/8p2PnvxKDG
— MSHP Troop F (@MSHPTrooperF) December 22, 2021
🚨Site visitors Alert-Boone Co, MO🚨
OVERTURNED TRACTOR TRAILER IN COLUMBIA REPORTED. I-70 WESTBOUND CLOSED BEFORE EXIT 133 ROUTE Z/RANGELINE RD NEAR MM 135. ALT ROUTE RECOMMENDED. pic.twitter.com/NbJoiIMBic
— MoDOT Central District (@MoDOT_Central) December 22, 2021
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