Grass fire blamed for accidents on I-70

Fire burning in Moscow, Kansas

GLENDALE, Kan. (AP) — Officials have extended a burn ban in a north-central Kansas county where smoke from a large grass fire was blamed for two multi-vehicle accidents on Interstate 70.

No serious injuries were reported in the accidents Monday afternoon in Saline County. Authorities believe a passing train sparked the fire, which started near Glendale and spread along a five-mile stretch of the highway.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says visibility was near zero when five vehicles were involved in a chain- reaction collision around 3:20 p.m. About 30 minutes later, an eastbound semi carrying hay bales ran into the back of another tractor-trailer.

The interstate was closed for about an hour as crews fought the flames.

Saline County commissioners on Tuesday extended a burn ban until April 29.

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