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Interstate 35 at 67th Street reopens 6 hours after deadly crash

Highway reopened after 6 hours
Deadly crash I-35
Posted at 11:07 AM, Dec 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-10 19:40:04-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Interstate 35 northbound was closed for six hours Tuesday after an Edgerton man was killed in a seven-vehicle crash near 67th Street in Johnson County.

According to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, the crash happened around 10:40 a.m.

Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Candice Breshears said a tractor-trailer lost its wheel and pulled over onto the left shoulder, where the trailer was sticking out into the left lane.

A white van driven by Jesse S. Miller, 31, in that travel lane hit the back of the trailer. That initial collision caused a chain reaction crash.

Miller's van spun into the center lanes, where a 2019 BMW 530i hit the driver's side front corner and spun the 2010 Econoline van back around and into the path of a fourth vehicle.

The fourth vehicle, a 2018 Toyota Rav-4, left its lane due to the impact and was contacted by a fifth vehicle, a 2017 Nissan Versa.

The Versa also sideswiped a sixth vehicle, a 2008 Cadillac Escalade, attempting to avoid the crash.

A seventh vehicle, a 2013 Kia Forte, rear-ended the Escalade, sending it into the concrete bridge rail over 67th Street.

Miller was killed. The driver of the semi wasn't injured, but a 55-year-old Overland Park man driving the BMW suffered serious injuries as did the 26-year-old Spring Hill woman driving the Rav-4.

Four vehicles in addition to the semi and van sustained heavy damage, the sheriff’s office said.

The two other people seriously injured in the crash were transported to area hospitals in stable condition, according to authorities.

The Kansas Highway Patrol said the interstate reopened around 4:30 p.m. after the investigation and cleanup concluded.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.