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1 killed, 2 injured in ambulance crash near US 71 Highway, Bannister Road

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Posted at 5:55 PM, Apr 30, 2023
and last updated 2023-04-30 22:21:58-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A fatal crash Sunday afternoon closed the northbound and southbound lanes of U.S. 71 Highway at Bannister Road, according to KC Scout.

As of 7:40 p.m., the southbound lanes had reopened. However, the northbound lanes remain closed until after 9 p.m.

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Kansas City, Missouri, police were called just after 4:10 p.m. to the area between the northbound and southbound lanes of U.S. 71.

Upon arrival, a Johnson County, Missouri, ambulance was located in the grassy median.

While traveling in the No. 2 lane of travel on the Bannister Road overpass, the driver lost control. The ambulance then exited the roadway to the left, overturning twice, per police.

KCPD reports the patient being transported was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Two medical personnel with the ambulance were transported to an area hospital with injuries.

Johnson County Ambulance District EMS Chief Shane Lockard tells KSHB 41 his crew is in stable condition and is expected to recover.

"Thank you for the outpouring of concern and support for our crew involved in this tragic incident," Lockard's department posted on Facebook.

Lockard says the cause of the crash is unknown at this time. His team is cooperating with KCPD in the investigation of the incident.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the incident involved one vehicle rather than two.