Motorcyclist critically injured after striking SUV on Interstate 49, police say

A motorcyclist was seriously hurt Thursday afternoon in a crash on Interstate 49 in Grandview, police said in a news release.

The wreck happened around 3:30 p.m. in the southbound lanes of the interstate, just north of 140th Street.

Police said they were called to the scene after a receiving a report of a motorcycle rear-ending an SUV.

The motorcyclist was taken to a hospital in critical condition, police said.

Part of I-49 was closed for more than two hours as police investigated.

The Grandview Specialized Enforcement Unit was conducting a crash reconstruction of the incident.

The scene was cleared and the southbound lanes of the interstate were reopened by 6 p.m., according to Kansas City Scout.

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.