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Update: Five Killed in I-70 Wreck

Associated Press - July 12, 2017 12:28 pm

Authorities say five people have died in a fiery six-vehicle wreck that temporarily closed a stretch of Interstate 70 on the western edge of the Kansas City metropolitan area.

The Kansas Turnpike Authority says the crash happened Tuesday afternoon when a tractor-trailer crested a slight hill and failed to slow for traffic that was stalled because of construction. The westbound rig rammed three slowing passenger vehicles, including a car, before crashing into a stopped tractor-trailer. The car was forced under the stopped tractor-trailer, which then rear-ended a pickup truck. Both rigs and the car caught on fire. Another vehicle landed in a ditch.

The victims included a retired chemistry professor at Washburn University in Topeka. One of the victims wasn’t discovered until authorities were clearing the wreckage.

Video via Alexander Vanderpool social media


Posted by Alexander Vanderpool on Tuesday, July 11, 2017