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One badly hurt in Interstate 70 crash near Midway

Crash at Midway exit
ABC 17 News
A wrecked vehicle can be seen in the median of Interstate 70 after a crash at the Midway exit Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

A Tennessee man suffered serious injuries Wednesday in a crash that shut down an on-ramp of eastbound Interstate 70 in Boone County.

Authorities shut down the on-ramp to Interstate 70 east from Highway 40 on Wednesday after the crash, which happened a little before 3 p.m.

The crash was cleared by about 3:30 p.m. and traffic was flowing again.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report, a truck driven by Leondro Lagunas, 44, slowed and stopped for a traffic backup. Another truck driven by Robert Buchanan, 44, struck Lagunas' truck from behind. Buchanan's truck then went off the right side of the interstate and down an embankment, troopers said.

Buchanan was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

Gale Blomenkamp, an assistant chief with the Boone County Fire Protection District, said one person had to be pulled from a vehicle.

The crash happened about two hours after another involving a semi-truck that closed lanes on each side of Interstate 70 a few miles away in Columbia.

The Missouri Department of Transportation's travel map warned drivers to expect traffic delays in the Midway area for about an hour.

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