Passenger of Semi Killed after Crash on Interstate 80

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IOWA CITY, Iowa -- One person is dead and another is injured after their semi crashed into a bridge support near Coralville on Friday morning.

The passenger of the semi, 39-year-old Gary Griffey of Indiana, died later on Friday from his injuries. Griffey was not wearing a seatbelt, according to the Iowa State Patrol.

The condition of the driver, 24-year-old Shawn Freeman of Nebraska, is not being released at this time. Freeman remains hospitalized in Iowa City.

The accident closed down portions of Interstate 80 for over an hour Friday morning.

The Dubuque Street overpass was closed due to concerns about the bridge's structural integrity after a semi carrying steel crashed into a bridge support at about 8:15 a.m.

The semi drifted into the shoulder before hitting the pillars of the bridge. Officials said it then burst into flames.

The overpass was reopened shortly before 10 a.m., when the DOT deemed it safe for vehicles.

A detour has been put in place for westbound traffic. Eastbound traffic reopened at 8:40 a.m.

This accident remains under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol.