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Multi-vehicle crash on I-435 in Leawood leaves 1 dead, 5 others injured Saturday

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Posted at 6:55 PM, Oct 21, 2023
and last updated 2023-10-22 08:57:16-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One person died and five others were injured in a seven-vehicle crash involving a semi and a tow truck on eastbound Interstate 435 in Leawood, Kansas, Saturday evening, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol (KHP).

The multi-vehicle crash occurred around 5:52 p.m. just west of State Line Road after the driver of a Porsche struck a semi truck.

The driver of a Chevrolet pickup truck died in the collision after the vehicle he was driving was struck by the semi truck.

The man was identified as Randal Hammonds, 69, of Kansas City, Missouri.

An occupant of the pickup truck and the driver of the semi were both seriously injured in the crash, per KHP.

Three other individuals suffered minor injuries.

A witness told KSHB 41 other witnesses got out of their vehicles to help a victim before emergency responders arrived on scene.

The tow truck was "briefly" on fire, but crews with LFD "quickly" put the fire out, according to Chief Colin Fitzgerald with the Leawood Fire Department.

Both eastbound and westbound lanes of traffic were affected by the crash. KHP was called to assist with traffic, per a spokesperson with Johnson County MED-ACT.

As of 8:52 p.m., eastbound traffic remained congested, per KC Scout Cam. Traffic was cleared overnight. KHP is managing the scene and handling the investigation, per LPD.

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