Man Dies After SUV Goes Airborne, Lands in Trees

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A 23-year-old Johnson County man died early Thursday morning when his SUV went airborne and crashed into a line of trees on 167th Street between Metcalf and Nall Ave.

Police said Adam Baker died at the scene, but that he was not ejected from the SUV.

The accident happened around 2:30 a.m. when Baker, traveling east, lost control and crashed through a wooden guard rail. Police said speed may have been a factor in the accident. Baker’s SUV went airborne and crashed into a line of trees about 200 feet from the road. The SUV remained suspended upside down about two feet above the ground after the crash.

Police said it’s not the type of accident they see every day.

“It’s very rare for something like this to happen,” said Tom Erickson with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department. “This stretch of roadway is no different than any other stretch of roadway. There are accidents on it periodically, but to actually have a vehicle suspended in a treeline is something that’s very out of the ordinary.”

Traffic along 167th Street between Metcalf and Nall will be closed for a good portion of Thursday morning while crews work to clear the area.

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