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Stilwell neighbor concerned after several accidents reported on stretch of Mission Road

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A Kansas City Power and Light employee was injured after his truck flipped over multiple times off Mission Road. (KCTV5) A Kansas City Power and Light employee was injured after his truck flipped over multiple times off Mission Road. (KCTV5)
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A Kansas City Power and Light employee was injured after his truck flipped over multiple times off Mission Road.

Jan Soeken, a resident of the area, said this was not the first time she had seen a large truck roll over on that road. She believes the depth of the ditches on the side of the road are causing the crashes because of how difficult they are to see.

Soeken was eating breakfast with her husband when she heard a loud noise.

“I looked out the window and saw this truck flying through the air. He was at least five foot off the ground,” she stated.

The KCP&L digger blew out its tire after hitting a ditch. This caused the nearly 60,000-pound truck to flip.

“He started rolling twice before he ended up in the ditch on the west side,” Soeken said.

The driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Soeken said that this is not an isolated incident.

“We’ve had snow plows fall off, trucks full of rock, all kinds of vehicles,” she said.

Johnson County Fire Chief Jim Francis said their department has responded to several accidents in this general vicinity over the past few years.

He said there is no shoulder on either side of the road, and the ditches are deceiving.

“You step in it, and it might be three-feet deep, but it looks like it’s a foot deep,” Francis said.

According to Sharon Watson, director of public affairs and communications, the county is aware of the concern and working to improve it.

“Numerous safety projects are planned for the entire Mission Road corridor and this particular stretch of road has been approved for improvements and is in the design process,” Watson said in a statement.

The exact cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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