A clearer picture has emerged about the events leading to a fiery crash involving three tractor-trailer rigs and a passenger vehicle on I-70 that killed one man and stalled traffic in the eastbound lanes of the highway near Midway for hours Monday morning.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, at 10:25 a Peterbilt truck driven by 41-year-old Sean Gibson of Waynesboro, Georgia, approached slower traffic and rear-ended another truck hauling mail driven by 56-year-old Isaac Kissel of Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Kissel's truck then rear-ended a Toyota driven by 45-year-old Debra Fisher of St. Louis, which overturned into the median. Kissel's truck then struck another Peterbilt driven by 58-year-old Doniec Ryszard of Surrey, British Columbia.
Upon impact, Gibson was thrown from his truck and was pronounced dead at the scene. His truck burst into flames, causing a conflagration that stalled traffic at the 120 mile marker near Midway for hours.
Fisher and a passenger in her car, 74-year-old Phyllis Dangler, were transported to University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia with moderate injuries.