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Fatal crash reported on I-435, east of U.S. 69, Overland Park police say

Fatal wreck on I-435 east of U.S. 69 in Overland Park

Overland Park police were investigating a fatal crash Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 435, east of U.S. 69. Police were asking drivers to exit at Quivira Road to avoid delays.
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Overland Park police were investigating a fatal crash Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 435, east of U.S. 69. Police were asking drivers to exit at Quivira Road to avoid delays.

Overland Park police were investigating a crash that killed a driver who was stopped on the shoulder of Interstate 435 Wednesday afternoon, according to a news release.

The crash happened about 3:15 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of the interstate, east of U.S. 69.

According to the police department’s news release, a vehicle traveling east in the far outside lane switched lanes onto the shoulder and struck the back of another vehicle that was stopped with its emergency hazard lights turned on.

The driver of the vehicle on the shoulder died at the scene. Police identified the driver as Thomas C. Apel, of Overland Park.

The driver of the other vehicle was seriously injured and taken to a hospital.

Part of I-435 East was shut down between U.S. 69 and Antioch Road as police investigated the wreck, according to Kansas City Scout.

Police were asking drivers to exit at Quivira Road to avoid delays.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash or anyone with additional information is asked to call the Overland Park Police Department Traffic Unit at 913-895-6407.

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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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