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Mo. assistant fire chief killed while responding to I-70 crash

A tractor-trailer hit Bryant Gladney’s truck at a high speed, the Boone County Fire Protection District said


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Duty Death: Bryant Gladney - [Columbia]

End of Service: 22/12/2021

Columbia Daily Tribune

BOONE COUNTY, Mo. — A Boone County assistant fire chief responding to a crash on Interstate 70 east of Columbia on Wednesday morning was killed after a tractor-trailer hit his truck at a high speed, the Boone County Fire Protection District reported.

Bryant Gladney was extricated and pronounced dead at the hospital, the fire district said in a news release.

Gladney was assisting with the original crash involving a tractor-trailer around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. The semi that struck Gladney’s truck also hit a University Hospital ambulance and the vehicle involved in the original crash, the release stated.

The incident occurred on westbound I-70 before Exit 133 (Route Z/Rangeline Road) near mile-marker 135.

Westbound lanes remained closed through the morning commute. Traffic is being diverted at Exit 137 ( Route J) to access Columbia via Route WW, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.



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