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Driver under investigation in KC crash that left one with life-threatening injuries

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Kansas City police are investigating whether impairment was a factor in a three-vehicle wreck that left one person with life-threatening injuries.

Officers responded to the scene at U.S. 71 Highway and Bannister Road shortly before 10:45 p.m. Saturday, said Capt. Tim Hernandez, a spokesman for the Kansas City Police Department.

A Chevy Trailblazer was traveling east on Bannister at high speed and slammed into the back of a Chevy Malibu that was waiting at a red light to turn onto 71 Highway. The impact forced the Malibu into a stopped Ford Escape.

The driver of the Malibu suffered life-threatening injuries, police said.

The driver of the Trailblazer wasn’t injured and is under investigation for impairment, Hernandez said.

The driver of the Ford wasn’t injured. Three passengers in the Ford were taken to a hospital with injuries that didn’t appear to be life-threatening, police said.

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Katie Moore covers crime and justice issues for The Star. She is a University of Kansas graduate and was previously a reporter in her hometown of Topeka, Kansas.
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