I-49 wrong-way crash kills two, Missouri State Highway Patrol investigate
Crash occurred near Harrisonville, Mo. in Cass County Monday afternoon
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.
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
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.
Breaking/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)
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