5 dead in fiery crash on I-70 near Bonner Springs

BONNER SPRINGS, Kan. (KSNT) – Two 18-wheelers and two cars were involved in a fatal accident on Interstate 70 Tuesday afternoon that caused a massive fire.

The crash happened around mile marker 224 closing the entire road. The Kansas Turnpike Authority says if you are on I-70 eastbound exit to Lawrence and if you are westbound exit on K-7.

The Kansas Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the fire.

KSHB-TV reports five people have died.

According to the KTA, one tractor trailer struck the back of a SUV and passenger car then hit another tractor trailer.

Officials said the two passengers in the car and the passengers in the SUV were killed.

As crews continued to clear the site, an additional two cars were found in the crash. KTA said another person was dead in one of those vehicles.

The conditions of the truckers are not known at this time.

The Kansas Department of Transportation reports this area of I-70 is expected to be closed for up to 4-5 hours and to avoid the area.

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