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Vehicle crosses median, causes fatal head-on wreck on I-470 in Lee’s Summit Thursday

A crossover crash involving three vehicles left one person dead and temporarily closed Interstate 470 in Lee’s Summit Thursday morning, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol.

An online crash report from the highway patrol said the head-on collision occurred about 8:15 a.m. in the westbound lanes of the interstate near Northeast Colbern Road.

The highway patrol said the crash occurred as a westbound 2010 Toyota Scion on I-470 crashed through the median cable barrier and continued into the eastbound lanes of I-470, where it struck a 2019 Buick Encore head on. Another eastbound vehicle struck the Buick.

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A crossover crash involving three vehicles on Interstate 470 at Northeast Colbern Road in Lee’s Summit killed on person, the Missouri Highway Patrol said. Northbound I-470 is closed at Northeast Douglas Street. Missouri Highway Patrol/Twitter

The driver of the Toyota was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim was identified by the highway patrol as David C. Spohr, 47, of Lee’s Summit.

The drivers of the two other vehicles were taken to area hospitals with injuries that were described as minor.

The cause of the wreck remains under investigation.

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Robert A. Cronkleton gets up very early in the morning to bring readers breaking news about crime, transportation and weather at the crack of dawn. He’s been at The Star since 1987 and now contributes data reporting and video editing.
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