ST. LOUIS - The westbound lanes of Interstate 64 were closed in downtown St. Louis Friday morning following an accident involving a tractor-trailer.

The accident occurred before the Market Street exit, between 5:45 a.m. and 6 a.m.

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The St. Louis Fire Department said the second trailer towed by the 18-wheeler contained a 55-gallon drum of polytex, a flammable substance. Fortunately, the second trailer did not catch fire. The front trailer, which was completely destroyed, contained packaged dry goods.

The fire was intensified by the significant amount of diesel fuel that was in the rig.

One person was taken to a local hospital as a precaution, but released later that morning.

Traffic was backed up for miles into Illinois all throughout the morning rush hour.

One lane of traffic reopened by 10:45 a.m. The interstate was cleared and all lanes reopened to traffic by 11:30 a.m.

NewsChannel 5 will have more information on this story as it becomes available.

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