Retired firefighter killed in Thursday wreck near K-7, Parallel - KCTV5

Retired firefighter killed in Thursday wreck near K-7, Parallel in KCK

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The crash happened about 10:15 a.m. near North 138th Street and Parallel Parkway. (KCTV5) The crash happened about 10:15 a.m. near North 138th Street and Parallel Parkway. (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -

A retired firefighter is dead and two others were injured in a wreck on Thursday morning, according to authorities.

The four-vehicle crash happened about 10 a.m. near Kansas Highway 7 and Parallel Parkway. Kansas City, Kansas police said three SUVs and a box truck were involved in the wreck.

Police were called about 10 a.m. to a serious injury crash at Kansas Highway 7 and Parallel Parkway. When officers arrived on the scene, they located three SUVs and a box truck disabled in the roadway. 

The initial investigation revealed that a white SUV was traveling west on Parallel Pkwy when it collided into the rear of a tan-colored SUV that was stopped in traffic at the intersection, causing a chain reaction. Police say speed played a role in the crash. 

The tan SUV then struck the box truck, then the box truck struck another tan-colored SUV.

All of the vehicles were occupied only by the drivers.

The driver of the white SUV was taken to an area hospital with serious injuries, and the driver of the tan SUV was found dead at the scene as a result of injuries sustained from the crash.

Authorities identified the driver of the tan SUV to be Paul W. Scott, 68, of Tonganoxie, KS.

Scott was a retired captain and 29-year veteran of Consolidated Fire District No. 2. He started his career in 1969 and retired in 1998. "He was an outstanding firefighter, officer and mentor," a release from the fire department said. "He was the kind of officer one should aspire to be; confident, knowledgeable, personable and respected."

At this time, no one has been charged in connection with the crash.

The drivers of the last two vehicles struck had minor injuries.

The intersection is the first controlled intersection in more than three miles for westbound drivers. Between Hutton Road and K-7, there are no stoplights.

People who have lived in the area for decades say that crashes are a weekly occurrence. 

Police said distracted driving and speeding could have caused the crash, which does not surprise a man and his father who have lived in the area since the 1970s.

“You can hear the brakes squealing and the tires squealing before they hit the light and sometimes they stop and sometimes they don’t," said Lloyd Siefkas, who lives near Parallel Parkway. "It was nice years ago, but now it's like living on a highway." 

Police said they were not often at the intersection where today's crash happened, but Siefkas said they need to be there more. He said he sees people driving highway speeds on the four-lane road. 

Siefkas said his father does not drive anymore because of how dangerous the road is and he could get hit trying to leave his driveway. 

"The mayor was out here the other day looking for supporters," Siefkas said. "This morning, I thought because he'd left his flyer, I'd call."

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