Fiery wreck closes I-435 in Wyandotte County

A truck driver suffered burns over a large portion of his body just before noon today in a crash on Interstate 435.

Authorities said the north and south lanes of Interstate 435 were closed after the crash. They gave this preliminary account:

A truck driver was headed north on Interstate 435 when it appears he collided with the bridge over Metropolitan Avenue. Skid marks show he tried to stop, but was unsuccessful. Instead, the cab plunged down the Interstate embankment igniting a massive fire. His trailer came to rest in the north lanes of 435.

Witnesses helped pull the trucker from his cab, which was destroyed in the fire.

The driver was transported to the hospital by air ambulance. His injuries are considered life-threatening.

Three others suffered minor injuries in the wreck.

Check later for more details.