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Motorcyclist has life-threatening injuries after crash on I-435 in Kansas City

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Crashes involving motorcycles are often the fault of a motorist failing to yield the right of way or caused by a motorist who is distracted.
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Crashes involving motorcycles are often the fault of a motorist failing to yield the right of way or caused by a motorist who is distracted.

A motorcyclist has life-threatening injuries after crashing on Interstate 435 in Kansas City, police said Friday.

It happened around 2:40 p.m. in the southbound lanes of the interstate near Truman Road.

Police said the crash involved a motorcycle and a car.

Preliminary investigation showed a person driving a Suzuki motorcycle was headed south on the interstate when he lost control and drove off the left side of the roadway, police said. The motorcycle then struck a cable barrier in the median, was redirected back into traffic and was hit by a southbound Chevrolet car.

The motorcyclist, a 28-year-old Kansas City man, was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

According to Kansas City Scout, the two left lanes on the interstate were closed as the crash remained under investigation Friday afternoon.

Kaitlyn Schwers covers breaking news and crime at night for The Kansas City Star. Originally from Willard, Mo., she spent nearly three years reporting in Arkansas and Illinois before returning to Missouri and joining The Star in 2017.
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