Seven cars and a semi were involved in the wreck Sunday about 12:45 p.m. on eastbound Interstate 70 at Broadway near downtown Kansas City. (Eric Smith/KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV/AP) -
A fresh round of snow and drizzle has slickened roads causing a major accident that critically injured one person and a child, police say.
In total, four people were hurt in the eight-vehicle pile-up Sunday afternoon.
It happened on the eastbound ramp onto Interstate 70 near Broadway in the downtown loop.
One man had to jump from that ramp, down onto I-70, about 20 feet below, to avoid being hit by other cars and a semi.
Police say the first driver in the chain reaction hit an icy patch and slid into a wall. He then got out to check out the damage.
But several other cars were coming up behind him. They slammed on the brakes to avoid hitting him, and wound up rear-ending each other.
Then a semi came around the bend, couldn't stop, hit one of the cars and flipped it on top of another car.
Crews took four people to the hospital.
Two witnesses, who rushed down to help, said the injuries were a man and two kids, trapped inside one of the crushed cars and then the pedestrian, who had to jump. He was critically injured.
"That man leaped to save his own life, and I watched him do it. Scared me to death. I went to see if he was alive. I wasn't sure if he was or not. So I came up to (the) ramp ... to this red vehicle. It was smoking, so the people in it were crushed in the back seat," witness Chris Kamil said.
Nick Malvagna, a security guard nearby, rushed to help the trapped.
"We tried yanking the door open. I couldn't get the door open. We tried prying it open with a pipe and that didn't work. Me and another gentleman just pulled the kid out of the driver's side door," Malvagna said.
Police tell us the second person critically injured was a child. The other two injuries were not as serious.
The wintry precipitation began falling Saturday and continued into Sunday.
In Missouri, 1 inch fell at Kansas City International Airport and 3 to 4 inches in the northwest part of the state. North-central and northeast Missouri had received about half an inch by around noon.
There was just a light dusting in parts of southern Missouri already digging out from 6 to 12 inches of snow.
The hardest-hit part of Kansas was the north-central section of the state, where 6-inch accumulations were recorded. Two inches fell in the northwest and 2 to 4 inches in the state's far northeast section. Light snow and freezing drizzle were reported in south-central, southeast and central Kansas.
Copyright 2013 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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