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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Wrong-way vehicle causes several accidents on Interstate 35 in JoCo

Posted: March 25, 2014 - 1:02am
Updated: March 25, 2014 - 2:19am

The Kansas Highway Patrol is investigating after a wrong-way driver allegedly caused several accidents on Interstate 35 late Monday night.

Kansas City Scout camera showing traffic diverted at Old 56
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Olathe Police and Highway Patrol Troopers responded on three accidents just before midnight, all reportedly caused by the same wrong-way vehicle. At least one of the involved driver's reported that a vehicle was northbound in the southbound lanes of the interstate and swerved towards traffic to cause the accident.

The first accident was reported near Lone Elm Road. At least two others were reported near 151st Street.

Troopers believe the wrong-way vehicle also struck a barrier wall and rolled over near the weigh station, north of 167th Street, before continuing northbound in the southbound lanes.

Johnson County Med-Act says no one was injured in the accidents.

The driver of the wrong-way vehicle reportedly ran from the final crash scene, after his vehicle was disabled. Police believe the suspect ran westbound from the crashed vehicle. A child seat was found in the crashed suspect vehicle. Troopers do not believe a child was in the vehicle at the time of the accidents.

A K-9 unit searched the area for more than an hour. That search did not locate the suspect, who is possibly injured.

Olathe Police have not released a suspect description or any other details at this time.

The Kansas Highway Patrol closed all southbound lanes of Interstate 35 at Old 56, just after midnight. All lanes reopened just before 2 a.m..

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office and one Lenexa officer assisted with traffic control in the area.

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