Friday, September 21, 2012

MoDOT worker killed in Kansas City crash.

Terrible traffic on the early morning commute into downtown was the result of a horrible car accident on I70 where a MoDot worker was killed.  It appears that a motorist-assist truck had came out to help the victim of another car accident that had happened earlier that morning and the MoDot worker ended up a victim him/herself.

There are several news articles describing the accident and from one account the driver of a Honda Accord slammed into the back of the MoDot vehicle causing both of them to burst into flames which ultimately killed the MoDot worker.  It is a very sad story to see someone just going about their everyday life doing their job and get killed due to the negligence of another. 

Here are a couple articles describing the accident.

Wichita Eagle

MoDOT Worker killed while working I-70 crash
by: Robert Cronkleton

A Missouri Department of Transportation worker died this morning when he was struck and killed while working a crash scene that had shut down Interstate 70 in Independence.  The first crash occurred about 1: 40 a.m. along eastbound I-70 near Lee’s Summit Road. Two people were ejected from their vehicles, and one of them died. The crash closed all lanes of eastbound I-70.  The MoDOT worker arrived shortly thereafter and was helping to divert traffic.  A car traveling east on I-70 struck the MoDOT motor-assist truck around 2:45 a.m., causing it to burst into flames. The motorist-assist driver was hit outside his vehicle and died at the scene, according to media reports.  As of 7:20 a.m., eastbound I-70 remained closed and the left lane of westbound I-70 was closed near the crash.

Ozarks First

MoDOT Worker Killed in Series of Crashes in Kansas City
by: KCTV, Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Motorists are urged to avoid Interstate 70 in eastern Jackson County after two crashes Friday morning with a highway worker dying in one of the crashes.   A worker for the Missouri Department of Transportation was killed in the second crash.  Both eastbound and westbound lanes of Interstate 70 between U.S. 40 and Highway 291 were closed for hours. Traffic began to move again on westbound I-70 at 6 a.m., but traffic was backed up.  The first crash happened at 1:45 a.m. with a wreck at I-70 near Lee's Summit Road. Two people were injured and initial reports were that one was killed. However, Independence police now say no one died in that crash. A MODOT crew began to set up to shutdown eastbound lanes of traffic and divert traffic onto Lee's Summit Road.  A driver of a Honda Accord slammed into the MODOT vehicle. Both vehicles burst into flames, killing the MODOT worker.  The driver of the Honda Accord was taken to an area hospital. Independence Police Department spokesman Tom Gentry said the hope is to have the eastbound lanes open by 7:30 a.m.  Investigators worked to reconstruct the crashes

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