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Assistant fire chief killed while working I-70 accident site

Posted at 9:28 AM, Dec 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-22 10:28:47-05

COLUMBIA, Mo. — An assistant fire chief for the Boone County Fire Protection District has died after his vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer while assisting at an accident scene.

Assistant Chief Bryant Gladney died in the accident that occurred at 4:33 a.m. Wednesday on Interstate 70 near Columbia. A news release from the fire district said a tractor-trailer traveling at a high rate of speed struck Gladney's vehicle, then struck an ambulance and the truck involved in the earlier crash.

Gladney was extricated from his vehicle and taken to a hospital, where he died. No additional injuries were reported.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating.