A man who reportedly had just bought a sandwich and cigarettes at a convenience store died early Monday when he was struck by a tractor-trailer as he crossed southbound Interstate 29 in Kansas City, North.
The incident occurred about 2 a.m. south of Northwest 64th Street on southbound I-29. The southbound lanes of I-29 were closed from 64th to Northwest 56th Street for several hours while authorities investigated the crash.
WDAF-TV reported that the man had bought cigarettes and a sandwich at a nearby convenience store. The man is believed to have climbed through a chain-link fence to cross over the highway and was struck.
The driver of the semi was questioned and released.
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“This is our 32nd (traffic) fatality here in our city this year,” said Sgt. Kari Thompson, a spokeswoman for the Kansas City Police Department. “We are significantly higher than last year. It’s awful.”