A carjacking suspect being chased by Kansas City police going south on Bruce R. Watkins Drive crashed into two other vehicles near the 63rd Street and Meyer Boulevard exits about 7:20 a.m. Thursday.
Police temporarily closed a southbound lane of Bruce R. Watkins Drive to clear debris and investigate.
The incident began after a man used a knife to force a driver out of a Saab convertible about 5 a.m. at Woodland and Independence avenues, police said.
An off-duty officer later spotted the car and tried to stop it, but the carjacker sped away.
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Police chased it south from Linwood and Troost onto Bruce Watkins, 55th Street and back to Bruce Watkins. Police saw the carjacker smoking a cigarette during the pursuit, which involved moderate speeds, police said.
The chase ended when the car rear-ended the two vehicles. All three drivers were taken to hospitals to be treated for minor injuries, said Sgt. Bill Mahoney of the department’s accident investigation unit.