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1 dead after falling over concrete median following 4-vehicle crash on Interstate 435

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Posted at 10:02 AM, Jul 27, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-30 08:52:25-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One person is dead after falling over the concrete median after a crash involving four vehicles at around 5:42 a.m. Wednesday morning on northbound Interstate 435.

The Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department says a black Toyota was traveling north at approximately 30 mph in a 65 mph zone on the interstate, just south of Front Street.

A white Chevrolet Silverado approached from behind the Toyota and switched lanes. The Toyota then switched lanes in front of the Chevrolet, and was struck by the Silverado, police say.

The Toyota then struck a Nissan Juke, causing both vehicles to move lanes. Afterwards, a gray Ford Fusion hit the Juke and Toyota, moving the Nissan onto the concrete median.

Police say that "at some point," the male driver of the Ford Fusion exited his vehicle and "fell over the concrete median to the railroad yard below."

The driver of the Ford, identified as Duane Lipe, 54, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver and passenger of the Toyota were transported to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to KCPD. The Nissan and Chevrolet drivers did not report any injuries.

A backup on the interstate followed the crash Wednesday morning.