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25-mile stretch of I-70 closed in Kansas during standoff

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • A man has barricaded himself inside a motor home and made threats
  • The closed stretch of interstate is west of Topeka in eastern Kansas
  • The same stretch of road was closed for nine hours on Monday

(CNN) -- Authorities closed a 25-mile stretch of Interstate 70 in Kansas on Wednesday after a man barricaded himself inside his motor home and made threats following a traffic stop, the Kansas Highway Patrol said.

An officer made the traffic stop around 8 a.m. (9 a.m. ET) near Maple Hill in eastern Kansas, said Trooper Mark Engholm of the Highway Patrol. But the man, believed to be the only occupant, slammed the door of the motor home and "started making threats," Engholm said.

To ensure the safety of officers and the public, the interstate was closed, and additional authorities were called out, Engholm said. "This is a very rural area, so we've closed a 25-mile stretch of the interstate to provide people with a safe detour."

More details about the man's threats were not immediately available.

Maple Hill is about 20 miles west of Topeka.

The same stretch of I-70 was shut down for nine hours on Monday, according to CNN affiliate KSHB, as authorities investigated a possible hazardous materials situation involving a pickup truck.

Journalist Chandler Friedman contributed to this report.