Crash on I-70 strands motorists for several hours

A weather-related crash on I-70 near St. Louis closed the highway for hours Saturday night.

Motorists along Interstate 70 in eastern Missouri were stranded for several hours after a weather-related accident closed the highway in both directions.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports problems started when freezing rain started falling around 10 p.m. Saturday. An accident at 11:30 p.m. involving two tractor-trailers at mile marker 188 prompted closure of the interstate in both directions.

Highway workers walked the roadway at some points to check on people who were stranded in their vehicles for up to five hours. Seven miles up the road, a Warrenton Fire Protection District rescue pumper responding to an accident wrecked and rolled over, but nobody was hurt.

Westbound lanes reopened at 7 a.m. Sunday, while one eastbound lane remained closed until all lanes were opened at 11 a.m.