Hit by two cars, tanker burns on I-49

Updated Sep 29, 2019

Interstate 49 was closed for several hours Friday afternoon, Sept. 27, after a three-vehicle crash ended with a tanker loaded with diesel caught fire.

The collision occurred at about 3:45 p.m.on I-49 near Red Bridge Road in south Kansas City.

According to Kansas City police, a southbound Ford Focus was driving erratically and struck the back of the tanker truck. The Ford also collided with a Jeep Wrangler, which then hit the right side of the tanker, the police said. The tanker caught fire, closing northbound and southbound lanes of I-49 for several hours.

Police did not report on the conditions of any of the drivers involved.