A 19-year-old Kansas City man was killed in a three-car accident early Thursday that forced the southbound lanes of Interstate 435 near Interstate 70 to shut down for nearly three hours.
The victim’s name has not been released. Police said the victim and the driver of a second car were northbound on I-435 about 6 a.m. when the driver of the second car told police that he noticed cars ahead of him were slowing down, said Sgt. Deb Randol, with the Kansas City police accident investigations unit.
The driver lost control of his car when he applied his brakes. He tried to steer away but tapped the back end of the victim’s car, causing that driver to lose control and go through the barrier cables and collide head-on with a van in the southbound lane of I-435, Randol said.
The 19-year-old victim, who was not wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the van was taken to a nearby hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the second car was not hurt.
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Southbound I-435 was closed for nearly three hours as police gathered evidence and investigated the wreck.
It was the city’s 49th vehicle fatality reported in 2017. There were 39 fatalities recorded during the same period a year ago.