Crash off I-35 injures 6, including 9-year-old boy and teens - KCTV5

Crash off I-35 injures 6, including 9-year-old boy and teens

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JOHNSON COUNTY, KS (KCTV) -

First responders needed almost an hour to remove everyone trapped inside vehicles involved in a crash off Interstate 35 Wednesday afternoon.

Authorities say six were injured. Initially, authorities said four suffered critical injuries while two suffered serious injuries, authorities said.

But some of the injuries have been downgraded since the patients arrived at area hospitals.

The crash happened about 3 p.m. on Antioch Drive near I-35. The Antioch bridge over I-35 is closed. The northbound ramp from Antioch to I-35 is closed, and the southbound ramp from I-35 to Antioch is also closed.

A truck hauling a trailer and two vehicles were involved. First responders had to work for more than 30 minutes to extricate a 9-year-old boy who was trapped in the front passenger seat of one of the vehicles.

The boy was conscious during the ordeal and suffered critical injuries, including numerous broken bones.

His 43-year-old father broke his arm during the wreck and was hospitalized.

Others injured were two 19-year-old women, a 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old boy. The teens were in one of the vehicles while the 9-year-old boy and his father were in a silver car that had its roof peeled back.

The teens suffered minor injuries.

The 43-year-old man was exiting I-35 south onto Antioch. The vehicle with the teens was traveling on Antioch.

Police say one of the drivers ran a red light, but which one has not been determined. The collision knocked the cars into the truck.

The occupants of the pickup, a 33-year-old and a 35-year-old, were not injured.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation by the Merriam and Overland Park police departments.

Witnesses can contact Merriam police at 913-322-5560.

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