• September 01, 2022

Two Injured in Five-Vehicle Crash on US-71 in Kansas City, MO

Kansas City, MO — August 31, 2022, two people were injured in a five-vehicle crash involving a tractor-trailer on U.S. Highway 71 in Kansas City.

Authorities say the incident happened around 7:30 a.m. on northbound Highway 71 near 18th Street. Preliminary investigation suggests a Chevy Tahoe was headed north on the highway when the driver may have quickly changed lanes and braked in front of an oncoming 18-wheeler.

The truck driver swerved to avoid the Tahoe but hit a nearby Dodge Journey. The impact then pushed the Dodge into the concrete median barrier where it got stuck between the barrier and the truck.

The big rig then continued onward and hit the Tahoe, followed by a northbound Nissan Frontier pickup. The Nissan hit the median and flipped over; items from its bed flew out and hit a nearby Volkswagen Jetta.

The Dodge driver was critically injured in the accident and the Nissan driver was injured but said to be in stable condition. Both were taken to area hospitals. No other injuries were reported.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Five-Vehicle Accident on Hwy 71 in Kansas City

Altogether this sounds like it'll be a pretty chaotic scene for police to unravel. Why did someone cut the truck off? Was it simple carelessness, or were they too trying to avoid hitting someone else? How fast were all the vehicles traveling? Were all of them in good condition? Was the big rig following traffic too closely? How were weather and road conditions? What about visibility? Was everyone awake, alert, and committing their full attention to driving?

The point isn't to get lost in the minutia of the wreck, but the people involved deserve to know the whole story and that means accounting for all the details. Knowing what happened but also how and why it went that way is crucial--especially in wrecks with commercial vehicles.

Two Injured in Five-Vehicle Crash on US-71 in Kansas City, MO

Some may not see why I'd point the big rig out specifically since another driver supposedly cut it off, but there are still questions of whether everything that followed really had to go that way. If the driver's attention was elsewhere or he didn't leave sufficient follow distance, there may be some other concerns not yet addressed by reports.

All I'm saying here is it's important to investigate these matters carefully and thoroughly rather than taking preliminary reports or a once-over by police as the final word. However, if law enforcement is satisfied with their story they may just fill out a report and move on. The people affected by the wreck may be better served by independent experts taking another look.

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