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Interstate 70 bridge near Rocheport reopens

ROCHEPORT, Mo. (KMIZ)

Interstate 70 westbound at the Missouri River bridge near Rocheport has reopened, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.

The Missouri Department of Transportation's Central District posted on Twitter at about 5:30 p.m. that all lanes of I-70 had opened again after being closed since about noon.

MoDOT Central District spokesman Adam Pulley said the amount of sheet metal and debris on the bridge from crashes earlier Wednesday had prolonged the time it took to reopen the bridge.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop F had tweeted earlier that the bridge would reopen at about 4 p.m.

Watch a video update from Interstate 70 in the player below.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, at least one crash closed the westbound lanes of I-70 between the Route BB exit and the bridge over the Missouri River at around 12:20 p.m.

Boone County emergency dispatchers said traffic was backed up nearly to the I-70 and Highway 63 connector.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol shared photos of what appears to show at least two semi-trucks, an SUV and a car involved in a crash on the bridge.

The patrol later said at least one person was hurt on the bridge.

The Boone County Fire Protection District said there were injuries but couldn't provide a number of patients or conditions.

ABC 17 News will update this story as it develops.

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Zachary Farwell

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