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Belton teen killed in head-on wreck on U.S. 71 at Bannister Road

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Posted at 9:57 PM, Oct 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-24 13:00:04-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 13-year-old boy from Belton died Wednesday in a two-vehicle crash on southbound U.S. 71 near Bannister Road.

The wreck — which involved two pickup trucks, including one that rolled over — happened shortly before 9:20 p.m.

A northbound Ford Ranger crossed the median and hit a southbound Dodge Ram head-on, according to Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department Sgt. Bill Mahoney.

There were two occupants in each vehicle. The boy who was killed had been riding in the Dodge. He was a student at Belton Middle School, the district said Thursday.

The other three individuals were all transported to the hospital in serious, but not life-threatening, condition.

Police closed the highway at Bannister Road as emergency crews responded to the scene.

The KCPD Accident Investigation Unit was called to the scene to investigate.

The crash created a nearly mile-long traffic backup as the road remained closed until after midnight.

Police said they are investigating impairment on the part of the Ford driver.