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I-49 back open following series of crashes in Grandview

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Posted at 6:29 AM, May 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-03 10:08:42-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Both directions of Interstate 49 were closed in Grandview Monday morning due to a serious crash.

Just after 5 a.m., I-49 northbound was closed at Blue Ridge Boulevard and I-49 southbound was closed before Main Street.

41 Action News crews headed to the scene and could see a seriously damaged car on the interstate.

Law enforcement said the incident was actually three separate crashes involving five cars that happened one after another.

Sgt. Bill Lowe with the Missouri State Highway Patrol said that around 5:15 a.m. a vehicle hit a semi and stopped in the middle of the interstate. Another vehicle tried to avoid that and ended up hitting the median and overturning, ejecting the passenger.

A propane truck was also headed south and tried to avoid the crashes but ended up hitting the second vehicle and came to rest on top of the concrete barrier.

Two people were injured.

I-49 northbound reopened around 7:30 a.m. I-49 southbound reopened around 9 a.m.