One killed, two injured in multi-vehicle wreck Tuesday on I-435 in Kansas City

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One person was killed and two others were injured Tuesday morning in a six-vehicle car wreck on Interstate 435 in south Kansas City.

The crash occurred about 8:22 a.m. on I-435 just north of 87th street, said Officer Donna Drake, a spokeswoman with the Kansas City Police Department.

Police said a red Kenworth dump truck was traveling north on the highway when its left front tire blew out, causing the truck to go off the road and cross the center median through the jersey cables that divide the northbound and southbound lanes of traffic.

The dump truck collided against a gold Ford F-150, a red Toyota 4Runner and a Kansas City work truck, Drake said.

Debris from the crash also damaged a Ford Transit van, which was then rear ended by a black Toyota.

The driver of the Ford F-150 was pronounced dead at the scene and a passenger was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. The Kansas City work truck driver was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

Divers of the other cars refused medical treatment.

Crews work to clear the wreckage on southbound Interstate 435 in Kansas City after a crash about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Crews work to clear the wreckage on southbound Interstate 435 in Kansas City after a crash about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Radio traffic captured on Broadcastify.com said three people were pulled from a burning car.

“One of the cars were on fire, three people were pulled from the burning car,” the dispatcher said.

Officials closed two northbound lanes of I-435 for two hours and all of the highway’s southbound lanes for five hours. All lanes have now been reopened.

This is the 46th death from a car crash in Kansas City this year, compared to 35 at this time in 2021, Drake said.