A woman who tried a U-turn caused a chain reaction that killed her and injured a woman who was outside washing her vehicle, authorities said.
It was a beautiful clear Friday afternoon when the horrific four-vehicle crashed occurred in the northeast area of Kansas City.
The woman who had been washing her vehicle was pinned underneath her Jeep when it was struck in the crash. She was conscious when she was freed and then was sped away by paramedics in an ambulance.
The crash happened about 4:45 p.m. near 920 Winchester Ave. in northeast Kansas City.
Police said a white pickup was traveling north on Winchester behind a red van when the driver of the van attempted a U-turn. The van hit the pickup. The force of that collision knocked the pickup into two other vehicles including the Jeep that the woman was working on, authorities said.
"She executed a U-Turn in front of him," said Sgt. Bill Mahoney, an accident investigator for the Kansas City Police Department. "He tried to take evasive action, went to the left and still struck her."
The driver of the van died at an area hospital of her injuries. A passenger inside the pickup suffered serious injuries.
Twisted metal and crumbled bumpers lined the block, which was bounded by both homes and businesses.
A friend of the driver of the van, Kale Harrison, said the force of the crash was incredible.
"You couldn't tell she was in the van until you got up on it," Harrison said.
The woman killed had just left an auto repair shop where her husband works. Harrison said based on the wreckage that he believes speed was a factor, but police have drawn no final conclusions yet.
"We're still in the early stages of this investigation and getting information on figuring out what really happened," Mahoney said.
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