- Associated Press - Friday, February 7, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A slippery patch of Interstate 64 near downtown St. Louis is blamed for a crash that caused an explosion and fire, forcing westbound lanes to be closed for several hours.

Authorities say the wreck happened around 5:50 a.m. Friday. A tractor-trailer caught fire and an explosion occurred. One person was hurt, but the injury was not believed to be life-threatening.

All westbound lanes reopened about noon.

Authorities say a passenger vehicle slid on ice into the tractor-trailer, which pulled to the shoulder as the front portion burst into flames. Authorities had to shut down all westbound lanes, with traffic backing up several miles, back into Illinois. Motorists were routed off the highway around the accident scene.

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