5 die in fiery, 6-vehicle pileup on I-70 in Kansas - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

5 die in fiery, 6-vehicle pileup on I-70 in Kansas

Posted: Updated:
WICHITA (AP) -

Authorities say five people have died in a fiery six-vehicle wreck that temporarily closed a stretch of Interstate 70 on the western edge of the Kansas City metropolitan area.

The Kansas Turnpike Authority says the crash happened Tuesday afternoon when a tractor-trailer crested a slight hill and failed to slow for traffic that was stalled because of construction. The westbound rig rammed three slowing passenger vehicles, including a car, before crashing into a stopped tractor-trailer.

The car was forced under the stopped tractor-trailer, which then rear-ended a pickup truck. Both rigs and the car caught on fire. Another vehicle landed in a ditch.

The victims included a retired chemistry professor at Washburn University in Topeka. One of the victims wasn't discovered until authorities were clearing the wreckage.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by Frankly