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Traffic flowing again on Interstate 70 west after crash

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Vehicles sit in the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 while first responders work at the scene of a crash near the Missouri River bridge on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020.


UPDATE 4:00 p.m.: MoDOT tweeted Monday afternoon that crews reopened to traffic on Interstate 70 to westbound traffic. The interstate was closed for about two hours for a crash involving several vehicles.

MoDOT's traveler map shows drivers could still have delays for the next few hours.

Watch ABC 17 News at 5 for the latest coverage on Mid-Missouri traffic and travel impacts tonight.

ORIGINAL: Westbound Interstate 70 traffic was being diverted onto Highway 40 on Monday afternoon because of a crash on the Missouri River bridge.

The Boone County Fire Protection District said at about 2 p.m. that traffic was backed up from the bridge into western Columbia because of several tractor-trailers blocking traffic.

The Missouri Department of Transportation's traveler information map showed state highways around Mid-Missouri were partially covered in snow. Boone County dispatchers reported several crashes during the lunch hour, including one near the Missouri River bridge on Interstate 70.

LIVE: Traffic backed up on Missouri River bridge on I-70

Boone County Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Gale Blomenkamp said about a dozen vehicles were involved in the crash at the bridge and the bridge was shut down as of about 1:30 p.m. MoDOT estimated the closure could last an hour.

Some schools around Mid-Missouri called early dismissals Monday as light snow fell.

Several schools were also running buses on snow routes only.

Most public school districts were already out Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. However, schools such as Camdenton, Eldon and Russellville were in session. Camdenton and Russellville decided to close early while Eldon buses were on snow routes only.

A full list of closings and cancellations is available by clicking here.

A thin layer of snow had coated the ground and roads in Columbia by 1 p.m. Forecasters expected up to 1 inch of snow to accumulate.

Both Columbia and Jefferson City's public works departments brought crews in Monday morning to treat roads.

Check back for updates to this developing story.

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