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2 people die in head-on collision on Interstate 35 near Front Street in KCMO

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Posted at 2:11 PM, Nov 19, 2023
and last updated 2023-11-22 12:40:28-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two people are dead after a wrong-way collision Sunday morning on southbound Interstate 35 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Shortly before 6 a.m., the driver of a black Kia Forte was driving north in the southbound lanes of I-35, according to KCMO police.

A white Nissan Sentra was driving southbound on I-35 and was struck head-on by the Kia just south of Front Street.

Both drivers were pronounced deceased at the scene, according to KCPD. There were no other occupants in either vehicle.

The victims have been identified as Jerry Sanchez, 43, and Johnny J. Vega, 27. Sanchez was driving the Nissan and Vega was driving the KIA.

Southbound I-35 was closed for around 3 1/2 hours Sunday morning.