Driver killed when semi hits I-35 overpass and catches fire in Ames


AMES, Iowa – The driver of a semi is killed when the truck slams into the supports of the I-35 overpass and catches fire in Ames Friday morning.

Sgt. Nathan Ludwig with the Iowa State Patrol says the accident happened shortly after 3:00 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of Highway 30.

The name of the driver is not being released until family has been notified.

Eastbound Highway 30 between Dayton Avenue and Exit 151 was blocked off for a few hours as crews worked to clean up the scene. The road re-opened just before 6:30 a.m.

According to WHO Channel 13, officials don’t believe there was any structural damage done to the overpass supports.

The Story County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa State Patrol, and Ames Fire Department all responded to the scene.


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