St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - A young man is in the hospital after he was hit by a car while crossing I-70 this morning.
Just before 9:30 AM a woman was driving on eastbound 70 near O'Fallon, when she hit the pedestrian. Police say the driver did nothing wrong and do not know why the man was trying to cross the highway. Traffic was jammed until around 11 as police investigated the scene.
Police let the driver leave the scene and said there was nothing criminal about the accident. The man was unconcious when he was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
Drivers may still face delays along Interstate 70 near Lambert Airport while police work the scene of a fiery crash on an outer road.
Police say the accident on Natural Bridge at Woodson resulted from a police pursuit. About 2:00 a.m. a car evading a police stop plowed into a light standard and burst into flames.
Fox 2 News is reporting that a police officer was shot when emergency crews approached the burning car and tried to put out the fire. That officer was reportedly wearing a vest and wasn't seriously injured. Police had to back off until the gunfire subsided.
The car was completely destroyed in the fire. Someone inside that car apparently died, as the St. Louis County Medical Examiner was called to the scene.
Natural Bridge Road remains closed at Woodson. But all lanes of I-70 have reopened in both directions.
Work on the Park over the Highway is causing delays for some drivers in downtown St. Louis today.
The eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 have been closed overnight between Pine Street and the Poplar Street Bridge. The closure allowed crews to remove a retaining wall.
MoDOT officials say one lane alont eastbound I-70 had reopned before 5 a.m. Monday. The other lane will remain closed until about 3:00 p.m.
Drivers should expect days heading into the depressed section along eastbound I-70 most of the day.
More work on the Park Over the Highway project will mean detours and delays for some drivers in downtown St. Louis this weekend.
Missouri transportation officials say Interstate 70 will be closed in the depressed section starting at 8:00 p.m. Friday. All lanes will be blocked in both directions between Pine Street and the Poplar Street Bridge. It's scheduled to reopen by 5 a.m. Monday.
Drivers will need to use I-64 or surface streets to get around the closure.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Authorities continue to investigate two separate incidents in north St. Louis in which pedestrians were struck and killed by vehicles.
The first happened just before 10 p.m. Tuesday when a person was struck on eastbound Interstate 70 near Salisbury Street. Lanes in both directions were closed for several hours after the accident. Police say the driver who struck the pedestrian was found. It wasn't clear if the driver would face charges.
In the second case, a man was struck by two cars as he was crossing Natural Bridge Avenue near Kingshighway just before midnight Tuesday. The drivers stopped and cooperated with authorities.
Names of the victims have not been released.
All lanes of Interstate 70 have reopened after a water main break near Jennings Station Road caused a large sink hole to form Wednesday afternoon.
Traffic on westbound I-70 was down to one lane through rush hour and much of the evening.
Missouri American Water crews worked well into the night to fill the hole, re-pave the road and reroute water to local customers.
Water Company Spokesperson Ann Dettmer says the 12 inch line broke because it was old and overused. Dettmer says as the ground dries up, it doesn't provide as much support.
Engineers will consider whether to replace the main or reroute water service around it permanently.
There's good news for I-70 drivers. The Blanchette Bridge is back to five lanes in each direction.
MoDOT reports that crews finished work well ahead of this morning's deadline, opening all lanes on both spans Saturday.
Transportation officials say drivers should expect occasional lane closures middays and overnight as crews finish work on the underside of the bridge structure.
The bulk of the work on the $64 million project has been completed two months ahead of schedule.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation that included designating part of Interstate 70 as "Graham's Picnic Rock Highway."
Nixon said in his veto message Thursday that the name refers to the Dr. Robert Graham, who owned the farm where the large rock is located.
The rock can be seen in the median of Interstate 70 roughly halfway between Columbia and the St. Louis region.
The governor said a popular outing during the 1880s was to drive horses and buggies to the rock for a picnic. But the rock also has been called "slave rock," which Nixon says comes from a belief that slave auctions occurred at the site.
Nixon says the highway designation would have elevated one part of the site's history above the others.