Updated: June 7, 2012 - 4:53pm
Authorities have identified the victim as 23-year-old, Adam P. Baker.
The Johnson County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal accident in Aubry Township this morning. The call was dispatched around 3:15 a.m. Thursday and initial reports indicated a car had struck a tree. As Overland Park Fire units arrived on scene they reported that the vehicle was actually off of the ground, in a tree, southeast of the intersection of 167th Street and Metcalf Avenue.
Due to the location of the vehicle, rescue crews were unable to immediately make contact with the reportedly injured person. The Overland Park Fire Department's Rescue apparatus along with an Engine company and an Engine company from Johnson County Fire District No. 2 were all called to the scene and requested to bring their hydraulic rescue equipment and ladders. An Overland Park Fire Battalion Chief reported the vehicle to be "lodged up into trees" and that the "vehicle is unstable."
After about 15 minutes at the scene, crews confirmed that one person is deceased following the accident.
A spokesperson says the victim is believed to be a male. That male was pronounced deceased as soon as crews made access to him. An extensive extrication was required to remove the man from the vehicle. The vehicle is approximately nearly 100 feet off of the roadway. Authorities say it is believed that speed played a role in this accident.
Traffic on 167th Street was closed east of Metcalf for several hours.
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