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KC police ID driver killed in chain-reaction wreck on I-435

Updated: 2014-01-15T20:04:02Z

Thomas E. Collins, 57, of Harrisonville died early Wednesday in Kansas City after rear-ending a van that had slowed down because of a three-vehicle wreck on Interstate 435.

The three-vehicle wreck, which reportedly was caused by a speeding driver who hit two vehicles, blocked all southbound lanes of traffic near Bannister Road about 12:15 a.m.

As traffic slowed and stopped, Collins’ vehicle struck the back of a van then hit the concrete barrier on the west shoulder. He was not wearing his seat belt, police said.

A passenger in his car and occupants of the van suffered non life-threatening injuries, said Sgt. Bill Mahoney.

Christine Vendel, cvendel@kcstar.com

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