Tractor trailer plunges off ramp onto I-70 in downtown Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A tractor trailer fell off a highway ramp onto the highway below Tuesday morning, closing Interstate 70 for more than five hours while authorities worked to clear the scene.

The accident was reported around 6:30 a.m.  The eastbound lanes reopened several hours later. The westbound lanes remained closed until about 12 p.m.

Photos from the scene:

Skytracker video from over the scene showed a wide debris field around the site of impact.

According to police, the truck driver was headed northbound on Interstate 35 when he fell off the ramp. Investigators believe speed is a factor.

The truck was part of the Jet Way, LLC fleet -- a company with seven trucks based in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Jet Way has received several citations for unsafe driving as well as inspection citations. The citations include a history of speeding, mostly for going more than 15 mph over the speed limit.

The company has also received Department of Transportation citations for drivers working longer hours than permitted under federal laws. In Sept. 2012, a truck near Philadelphia was involved in a crash where two people were injured.

Police tell 41 Action News the driver of the truck was able to crawl out after the crash and was on the scene speaking with officers. Authorities initially said he was not injured, but later said he was transported to an area hospital with what were described as "significant" but not life-threatening injuries.

The truck was the only vehicle involved in the crash.

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