A driver named James Melton was killed in a crash on I-70 in St. Charles, Missouri. The crash occurred at 12:30 a.m. near Zumbehl Road, an area with construction cones and lane closures due to a MoDOT project. The crash involved a semi-truck and a pick-up truck, with the pickup truck catching fire after colliding with the rear of the semi. The driver of the pickup truck was pronounced dead on the scene. MoDOT cameras captured the pickup truck bursting into flames. Further details are yet to be released. https://www.kmov.com reported
Driver Killed in Overnight Crash on I-70 in St. Charles Identified
Authorities have identified the driver who tragically lost their life in a fatal crash that occurred overnight on Interstate 70 in St. Charles. The incident resulted in a complete shutdown of the highway for several hours.
The deceased driver has been identified as James Melton, a resident of Wentzville.
The collision took place around 12:30 a.m. on Friday near Zumbehl Road. This area is known for heavy traffic congestion and ongoing construction work, with numerous lane closures and construction cones due to a Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) project at the Zumbehl overpass. MoDOT had deployed crews to install girders over I-70 until 5:30 a.m.
The crash involved two vehicles, a semi-truck, and a pickup truck. News 4 reporters were present at the scene, attempting to gather information regarding the circumstances leading up to the collision.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the driver of the semi-truck came to a stop due to traffic congestion in the construction zone. However, the driver of the pickup truck failed to notice the stopped semi and collided into its rear. The impact resulted in the pickup truck catching fire.
Footage from MoDOT cameras captured the pickup truck bursting into flames shortly after the crash. Tragically, the driver of the pickup truck was pronounced dead at the scene.
As more details become available, News 4 will provide updates on this developing story.