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5 vehicles involved in fatal I-70 wreck west of KC

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Posted at 6:39 PM, Feb 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-04 08:30:09-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One person died and six people were injured Saturday after a five-vehicle wreck on Interstate 70 westbound near mile marker 214.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, the crash happened around 4:15 p.m. on I-70 westbound, between Bonner Springs and Lawrence at mile marker 213.

KHP said the crash was a chain reaction of incidents.

Four cars were in the right lane. A bus, Dodge Grand Caravan and Chevy Cruze began to slow to a stop due to traffic. KSHP said a Ford E45 struck the Cruze from behind, pushing it into the Grand Caravan, which was then pushed into the bus.

A fifth vehicle, a Ford F250 in the right lane, was trying to avoid the crash and got in the left lane, but struck the Grand Caravan.

The Ford E45 crashed into a barrier and came to a stop.

The man who died has been identified as 21-year-old Tristan Kuritz of Lawrence, Kansas.

I-70 westbound was closed for more than two hours, but some lanes were reopened and traffic was allowed to resume shortly before 6:30 p.m.

There was a separate unconnected incident on I-70 eastbound near mile marker 213, where an over-height semi-tractor trailer crashed into a bridge.

Eastbound I-70 wasn’t closed and there were no injuries in that collision, according to the KTA.