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Police: U.S. 24 wreck result of fleeing suspect

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Posted at 2:32 PM, Feb 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-21 17:41:25-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — U.S. 24 in Independence was briefly closed in both directions at the intersection with Missouri 291 Monday afternoon after a suspect feld from officers and crashed, Independence police said.

A spokesperson for the Independence Police Department said the suspect fled from a traffic stop, crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with another car.

Three people, including the suspect, were taken to local hospitals.

Sometime around 4 p.m., all lanes of U.S. 24 reopened to traffic.

There are no details available yet on the circumstances of the incident.

Editor's Note: The Missouri Department of Transportation initially said there had been a fatality in this crash. Independence police later corrected that information to say no one had been killed.