ST. LOUIS — Two separate car fires along different directions of Interstate 64 created early morning traffic backups in both St. Louis and St. Louis County.

The first fire, reported by MoDOT around 4:20 a.m. Tuesday, was near the Boyles Avenue exit along westbound I-64 close to the Tower Grove neighborhood. The details surrounding the fire were unclear. No injuries were reported.

The stretch of highway was expected to be closed for at least one hour. The highway reopened around 5:15 a.m.

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The second fire, reported by MoDOT around 4:50 a.m., involved a semi-truck near the Boones Crossing exit in Chesterfield along eastbound I-64. Traffic cameras supplied by MoDOT showed the semi engulfed in flames.

The investigation found the truck driven by Darrell Stewart veered off the right side of the road and hit another tractor trailer, which was parked on the side of the road.

Stewart was killed in the crash. He was 29 years old from Greensboro, North Carolina.

The driver in the other truck has been identified as Jermaine Johnson, a 34-year-old man from St. Louis. He wasn’t injured in the crash.

Two lanes of eastbound I-64 at Boones Crossing reopened just after 2 p.m., Chesterfield Police said.

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