4 hurt in crash, car fire on Interstate 35 in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Three cars burst into flames after a crash on Interstate 35 in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday morning, injuring four people, closing the highway for more than an hour and causing a backup that quickly grew to several miles long.

Police on the scene tell 41 Action News the cars hit a spot of black ice on I-35 southbound at about 5:45 a.m., lost control and went down an embankment onto the ramp from Chouteau to the southbound lanes.

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"As vehicles struck one another, one way or another it became ignited," Sgt. Bill Mahoney said. "Fire resulted and two individuals were not able to get out before receiving burns."

One of those people had critical injuries, Mahoney said. A total of four people were transported to area hospitals.

Southbound traffic was being diverted off the highway at Chouteau. All lanes of traffic on the highway were reopened by about 7:15 a.m. The on-ramp was reopened about an hour later.

The backup behind the scene of the crash had made its way to Liberty at its peak.

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