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4-11-2012


Wrong-way driver
causes I-29 crash
Serious injuries

by Valerie Verkamp
Landmark reporter

An 18-year-old male driving on the wrong side of the interstate is responsible for a massive wreck that sent nine victims to the hospital early Thursday morning.

Officer Jamie Lamb with the accident investigation squad with the Kansas City Police Department said at approximately 12:42 a.m. on April 5 a motorist going north in the southbound lane of Interstate 29 near 72nd Street caused a brutal head-on collision.

Officer Lamb said the accident involved a total of five vehicles. Three of the vehicles involved in the crash carried passengers that were immediately sent to an area hospital.

A total of nine people were sent to the hospital, including a woman who was pregnant. Kansas City police say she underwent an emergency delivery.

“The baby at this point is still alive,” said Officer Lamb.

The driver who was going the wrong way was transported to the hospital with life threatening injuries.
“He has been upgraded to serious condition, and is expected to survive,” said Lamb.

Two other individuals also remain in serious condition. Officer Lamb told The Landmark everybody involved in the accident is expected to survive.

At this time, authorities have not released any names due to the magnitude of the wreck.

“We are double checking a lot of our findings before we release a lot of that information,” said Lamb.

Officer Lamb said the accident investigation squad is trying to determine the speed of the cars upon impact and determine why the driver was headed the wrong direction on the interstate.

The wreck involved a total of 23 people.