Two dead after vehicle crosses median on NB I-49 near Peculiar - KCTV5

Two dead after vehicle crosses median on NB I-49 near Peculiar

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Two people are dead following a wreck on Interstate 49, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation. (KC Scout) Two people are dead following a wreck on Interstate 49, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation. (KC Scout)
PECULIAR, MO (KCTV) -

Two people have died following a wreck on Interstate 49 on Tuesday night. 

The accident happened about 7:40 p.m. in the northbound lanes just north of Peculiar Way. I-49 was closed at mile marker 168 and has since reopened.

Authorities say a 2010 Ford, driven by Rodney Noble, 56, of Peculiar, MO, was driving southbound on the interstate when it side-swiped a 2001 Honda.

Both vehicles traveled into the media and the Ford went through the cable barriers and into the northbound lanes, hitting a 2002 Chevrolet, driven by William Creamer, 34, of Kansas City, MO, before being pushed back into the median and coming to rest wrapped in the cable barriers.

Noble and Creamer were pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Honda suffered minor injuries.

Creamer's family got the knock on the door from troopers telling them their son, who was also a father to two little boys, was gone. They say they'd like to know why the cable barriers didn't keep their son safe.

The Missouri Department of Transportation says while the barriers do save dozens of lives every year, it's impossible for them to prevent all tragedies.

"We will look at that report in more detail when it becomes available and see what happened. When the cable is damaged on the highway, we work quickly to get that restored," said Derek Olson, a district traffic engineer with MoDOT. 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is still trying to figure out exactly what caused Noble to cross the cable barrier. But in the meantime, they've started a new campaign called 'Buckle Up Phone Down.' They say if people would pledge to do those two things alone, it would cut down on fatality crashes.

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