Deadly Homeless Campfire Stops All I-70 Traffic Into Kansas City | News
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) – A fire Thursday morning at a homeless camp under the freeway killed one person and disrupted all westbound I-70 traffic to Kansas City.
Police and firefighters were called around 6 a.m. for a fire on Interstate 70 and Benton Boulevard. A homeless camp under the highway caught fire and killed one person. No other injuries were reported.
The fire burned so hard that the Missouri Department of Transportation had to be called in to verify the structural integrity of the bridge. Until MoDOT gives its approval, all westbound I-70 traffic into town is diverted to the 18th Street exit just south of the scene.
In the meantime, traffic has slowed down for miles and officials are urging anyone who usually uses I-70 to head to Kansas City to find an alternate route.
No cause of the fire has yet been given. The homeless deceased is believed to be an adult and no foul play is immediately suspected, police said.
An update and a recommended detour of the MoDOT:
Motorists are advised that Interstate 70 westbound near 18th St. will remain closed until further notice due to an early morning fire under the bridge. Missouri Department of Transportation staff inspect the bridge to determine the damage and potential repairs needed.
Motorists westbound on I-70 leaving Missouri should exit I-70 at the Interstate 435 interchange at kilometer 8 to bypass the closure. All eastbound lanes of I-70 remain open. For local traffic only, I-70 westbound travelers can continue to the 18th Street exit to enter areas in the area. “