Traffic was congested along Wornall as exits to I-435 were closed off and all ramps were used to redirect traffic off the highway. Photo by Kathy Feist

Serious vehicle accident closes down traffic near I-435 and Wornall

Emergency crews responded to meet South Patrol Officers on a reported injury collision with critical injuries.

The investigation revealed that a black Chevrolet Trailblazer was traveling eastbound on I-435. At I-435 and Wornall, the driver of the Chevrolet attempted to change lanes, almost striking a semi-truck and trailer. The driver swerved to avoid striking the semi, over-corrected and went into a slide. The Chevrolet then overturned and rolled several times before coming to rest against the center median.

An officer closes off the eastbound exit to I-435 from northbound Wornall.

The unrestrained driver and sole occupant was ejected out of the back window of the Chevrolet, coming to rest in the middle lanes of eastbound I-435. The driver was transported to a local hospital with critical injuries. The driver is currently in critical condition and the investigation is ongoing.

All lanes of eastbound I-435 were closed to traffic at Wornall for approximately 3 hours.

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