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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Wrong way driver causes rollover crash

Posted: January 28, 2012 - 3:02am
Updated: January 28, 2012 - 6:17am

At 2:36 a.m., Saturday morning, fire crews from Merriam Fire and Johnson County Consolidated Fire District No. 2, along with Police from Merriam and Overland Park were called to investigate a rollover accident in the northbound lanes of Interstate 35 near Antioch Road in Overland Park.

Merriam Fire arrived on scene at 2:42 a.m., and reported two vehicles involved, one of which had rolled over and both vehicles sustained moderate to heavy damage.

Each vehicle was occupied by only the driver and both vehicles required extrication to free occupants. Firefighters worked for about 15 minutes to safely remove the injured drivers.

Police say that a vehicle, driven by a 25-year-old female, was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of Interstate 35 when she struck a northbound vehicle causing that vehicle to roll over. Authorities say the northbound vehicle was being driven by a 29-year-old female.

Both women's injuries are said to be serious but non-life threatening. Med-Act crews reported that the wrong way driver was believed to be intoxicated. However, Police will only say that their investigation is ongoing.

All lanes of northbound Interstate 35 were reopened at 4:30 a.m..

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