Joey Schweinfurth Killed, 2 Injured in Truck Accident on I-435 in Kansas City, MO
UPDATE (July 11, 2022): Reports identified the man killed in the accident as Joey Schweinfurth. Additional details about the accident are unavailable at this time.
Kansas City, MO -- July 5, 2022, one person was killed and two were injured due to an accident where multiple vehicles crashed on I-435.
Investigators were called to the area of I-435 and 87th Street at around 2:00 p.m. It appears that a dump truck was traveling along northbound lanes of I-435. Somehow, a tire blew out, causing the truck to careen through the median barricade and into oncoming lanes. There, the truck crashed with multiple vehicles.
Due to the collision, the driver of a Ford F-150 sustained fatal injuries. A passenger of the pickup and the driver of a Kansas City work truck had serious injuries. Others reportedly refused transport from the scene.
At this time, additional details are unavailable.
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