1 dead after 3-vehicle wreck closes SB I-435 near Truman Sports - KCTV5

1 dead after 3-vehicle wreck closes SB I-435 near Truman Sports Complex

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Southbound Interstate 435 past Interstate 70 is shut down. (KCTV5) Southbound Interstate 435 past Interstate 70 is shut down. (KCTV5)
One person has been reported dead while multiple others have been reported injured. (KCTV5) One person has been reported dead while multiple others have been reported injured. (KCTV5)
Authorities say three vehicles were involved in the accident. (KCTV5) Authorities say three vehicles were involved in the accident. (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Interstate 435 was closed for most of Thursday morning after a deadly car wreck.

The crash killed one man and left another person seriously hurt.  It shut down the southbound lanes of I-435 for most of the morning commute and created a huge backup and headache for people trying to head to work. The interstate reopened about 8:55 a.m.

Three cars were involved in the wreck. Kansas City police say a white and purple Honda were traveling northbound on I-435 about 5:40 a.m.

The driver of the purple Honda started to slow down and stop in front of the white Honda driver. That driver hit their breaks and tried to stop but lost control, hitting the purple car’s driver and sending them across the interstate, through the barricades and into oncoming traffic in the southbound lanes.

The purple car then struck a white Kia Sedona head on. The Kia’s driver was taken to an area hospital with serious injuries.

The purple car’s driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say he was not wearing his seatbelt. His name has not been released at this time.

“I always believe not wearing a seatbelt contributes to the deaths. I’m not a doctor, I can’t say it would have saved him, but by looking at the interior of the car, he would have been hurt but he may have survived the crash. When you don’t wear your seatbelt, you have no control of what your body does, so when the car hits at 60 mph, your body will hit at 60 mph, either out of the vehicle, around the vehicle. In fact, he’s laying halfway in the back seat,” Sgt. Deb Randol said.

The driver of the white Honda was OK and was cooperative with police. It was raining at the time of the crash which may have contributed. Right now, the crash is still under investigation.

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