A traffic accident involving three
trucks on Friday afternoon sent three people to
the hospital and shut down northbound traffic on
I-29 for six hours, while Haz-Mat crews worked to
clean up a fuel spill.
According to Platte County Sheriff
Department Captain Frank Hunter, at approximately
12:03 p.m. a semi truck was northbound in the inside
lane of I-29 near the Camden Point exit, while the
rest of the traffic in the right lane had slowed
down for construction ahead.
When the semi tried to pull
into the right lane, it hit a large delivery truck
from the rear pushing the delivery truck into a
car hauler, stated Hunter.
The driver of the delivery truck,
26-year-old, Randall Ward of Omaha, NE, was transported
by air ambulance to North Kansas City Hospital with
Ryan Fields, 23, of Omaha, NE and
Scott Beardsley, 23, of Poplar Bluff, Mo, were transported
to Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph
by NRAD. Fields had sustained serious injuries and
Beardsley had sustained moderate injuries.
Due to the collision, the Missouri
Highway Patrol was forced to close northbound I-29
for nearly six hours diverting traffic off I-29
at the E Hwy exit and back over to northbound I-29,
while Haz-Mat crews worked to clean up a considerable
diesel spill," stated Hunter. No fire occurred
at the scene of the accident.
According to Hunter, because of
that fuel spill the Missouri Department of Transportation
will have to replace the new asphalt which was recently
laid on that stretch of roadway.
The Platte County Sheriff's Department,
the Missouri Highway Patrol, the Missouri Department
of Transportation, Camden Point Fire, Haz-Mat, NRAD
and North Kansas City Hospital Life Flight responded
to the scene of the accident.