By Echo Menges
Edina, MO – Monday, June 20, 2022 – Knox County first responders were called to the scene of a fiery crash approximately two miles east of Edina late Monday morning. Emergency personnel arrived to find an overturned tractor trailer in the westbound lane fully engulfed by flames, and a load of soybeans scattered across the highway.
The Edina Sentinel arrived at the scene during the emergency response. The driver of the tractor trailer was being evaluated by personnel from the Knox County Ambulance District in the shade of a small tree on the south side of the highway. The driver of the tractor trailer was later seen walking toward a Knox County Ambulance before being taken inside the emergency vehicle.
Another vehicle, a black pickup truck, which was also involved in the crash, could be seen in the ditch on the north side of the highway with heavy damage to the driver’s side and all of the airbags had been deployed. Emergency personnel were also at a nearby residence where it is believed the driver of the pickup truck was located and being evaluated.
According to a Knox County Sheriff’s Deputy, only the drivers occupied the vehicles at the time of the crash.
The extent of their injuries is unknown.
Volunteer firefighters from Edina, Knox City, Baring and the Knox County Rescue Squad were seen at the scene of the crash working to extinguish the flames from the tractor trailer. Fire personnel worked in and around the massive amount of soybeans thrown from the trailer and strewn across the highway.
According to Assistant Edina Fire Chief Tom Morgret, Highway 6 may not reopen until much later this afternoon, possibly at 3:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m.
According to Knox County Sheriff Allen Gudehus, traffic is being rerouted around the crash site.
More information will be released when it becomes available.