I-49 wrong-way crash kills two, Missouri State Highway Patrol investigate

Crash occurred near Harrisonville, Mo. in Cass County Monday afternoon
TRAFFIC CAMERA IMAGE, MODOT
TRAFFIC CAMERA IMAGE, MODOT

CASS COUNTY, Mo. – Shortly after 1:15 p.m. Monday afternoon reports of a wrong-way driver alerted authorities along I-49 near Harrisonville.  The wrong-way driver resulted in a multi-vehicle crash and two dead according to Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The detour is State Route J in Peculiar, Mo. as all I-49 southbound traffic is exiting.

We learn later from Missouri State Highway Patrol in their initial crash report the wrong-way driver was a 77-year-old woman from Belton, Mo. Sandra Hammond was driving her 2005 Toyota north in the southbound lanes. She died on the scene.

MSHP INITIAL CRASH REPORT

MSHP INITIAL CRASH REPORT

Also killed was the driver of a 2002 Chevy. 73-year-old Janna Dillon of Clinton, Mo. was pronounced at the scene.

“The southbound lanes of I-49 have been closed to all traffic near 161.2 mm, before State Hwy 291.” MoDOT state in a tweet. However hey updated information again just before 3 p.m.

The third vehicle involved was driven by Trevor Halfmann, 51, of Lee’s Summit, Mo. His 2006 Volkswagen was totaled but he was not injured in the crash

“Breaking/Traffic Alert: SB I-49 @ MM 161.2 near Harrisonville in Cass County is closed due to a multiple vehicle crash. Investigators are reportedly re-creating the scene. Plz find an alternate route. Posted at 2:56pm.” – MODOT

GOOGLE MAPS SCREENSHOT DURING INVESTIGATION.

GOOGLE MAPS SCREENSHOT DURING INVESTIGATION.

Local authorities, Harrsonville, Mo. Police Dept state, “Officers have closed ALL southbound lanes of Interstate 49 from J Highway (Peculiar) to the MO-291 Highway exit, due to a fatality crash involving multiple vehicles. We expect the interstate to be closed for multiple hours.”

Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop A Major Crash Investigation Team was summoned to the scene.

All southbound traffic was reopened about 5 p.m. Monday.

Police cars revolving lightBreaking/Traffic Alert: Road closed due to VEHICLE CRASH
I-49 Southbound (CASS County)
Impact reported at 01:20 PM on 02/07/2022. Closure estimated to last 3 hour(s).
NOTE: I-49 SB CLOSED BEFORE 291 HWY USE ALT ROUTE (-94374723,38662688)