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Driver killed, passenger seriously injured in I-70 crash

Driver killed, passenger seriously injured in I-70 crash

For immediate release: August 15, 2017

Independence police are investigating a single vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 1:50 A.M. on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at I-70 and I-470. The crash resulted in the death of the driver and seriously injured a passenger.

The crash occurred when the driver of a 2016 Dodge Charger attempted to merge from southbound I-470 to westbound I-70 and lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle traveled across the westbound lanes, over the center jersey-barrier and across the eastbound lanes overturning several times. The 47 year old male driver was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger requiring extrication was transported to Centerpoint Hospital in serious condition.

The identity of the driver is not being released at this time pending notification of the next of kin.

The crash remains under investigation.