Roundup: Pileup on I-70; truck burns at Arizona travel center

A chain-reaction accident on Interstate 70 caused traffic to back up for several hours (Missouri DOT photo)A chain-reaction accident on Interstate 70 caused traffic to back up for several hours (Missouri DOT photo)

Some 20 vehicles — including three tractor-trailers — were involved in a chain reaction collision Monday, Jan. 20 on westbound Interstate 70 near the bridge over the Missouri River in Boonville, Missouri.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said the pileup occurred when an unrelated collision occurred and following traffic had difficulty stopping. Two people were injured in that original collision.

That part of I-70 was closed for several hours Monday afternoon.

Truck burns at Arizona truck stop

Firefighters battle truck fire in ArizonaFirefighters battle truck fire in Arizona

A trucker escaped injury when the truck he was sleeping in caught fire at an Arizona truck stop.

The unidentified driver was in the sleeper berth of his truck at about 1 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 when a fire started in the cab of the truck, which was parked at the Petro near Interstate 10 in Eloy, Arizona. Another trucker nearby warned him so he could escape, according to media reports.

The fire was extinguished before it could spread to other trucks parked nearby.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Two milk trucks crash in the same place, on the same day

One of two milk tankers that crashed near the same spot on the same spot in northern California. (Northshore Fire Department photo)One of two milk tankers that crashed near the same spot on the same spot in northern California. (Northshore Fire Department photo)

What are the chances?

The California Highway Patrol reports not one but two milk truck accidents on the same stretch of highway within hours of each other on the same day, Sunday, Jan. 19.

The first mishap occurred at about 9 a.m. when a fully-loaded milk tanker rolled off Highway 20 in Lucerne, California and into Clear Lake. Some of the 6,000 gallons of milk spilled into the lake as well as some of the truck’s diesel fuel. The driver was extricated from the cab and lifted from the lake to the roadway by first responders. The unidentified driver suffered “mild to moderate” injuries according to The Lake County Record-Bee.

The second accident occurred at about 7 p.m. when another milk tanker was struck by an SUV. The truck’s driver was not injured, but the SUV driver was airlifted to a nearby hospital.

Lucerne is located about 100 miles northwest of Sacramento.