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Police warn drivers to stay off phones while driving

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Concrete barriers are on both sides of nearly every lane of Interstate 435. On Monday, five vehicles were stuck. Fire and smoke enveloped the scene after a crash. (KCTV5) Concrete barriers are on both sides of nearly every lane of Interstate 435. On Monday, five vehicles were stuck. Fire and smoke enveloped the scene after a crash. (KCTV5)
OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

Police are warning drivers to stay off their phones and pay attention while they’re on the roads.

It’s not a new warning, but in construction zones, it could save your life.

Concrete barriers are on both sides of nearly every lane of Interstate 435. On Monday, five vehicles were stuck. Fire and smoke enveloped the scene after a crash.

In the middle lane of traffic, the charred cement shows how hot the flames were.

Traffic can move well through the zone between Antioch Road and U.S. Highway 69, but police want people to stay alert.

“Just a few minutes ago, myself and the intern were driving through there and I saw someone with a phone in their hand. Literally and they were driving,” Overland Park police officer John Lacy said. “Something like that, so tight between the jersey barriers, you need two hands on the steering wheel.”

Lacy said it is safe in his opinion.

“I’m OK with it. There are a lot of cars that get through it with no problem,” he said.

Police have not determined what happened to cause this fiery crash. They have not ruled out distracted driving or speed playing a role in all of this. 

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