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PLATTE COUNTY, Mo. -- The victim in Wednesday's fatal crash on Interstate 29 has been identified as West Platte High School football and wrestling coach Nathan Danneman.

Nathan Danneman (image courtesy of West Platte School District)

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol online crash report, a tractor-trailer crossed the median at 6:46 p.m. and struck three vehicles, including Danneman's Ford Focus, at the 24 mile marker. The crash scene is a few miles west of Camden Point.

A three-year-old girl with the same last name as Nathan was transported to Children's Mercy Medical Center with minor injuries. The drivers of two of the other vehicles involved also sustained minor physical injuries.

"Nathan Danneman will always be known as a positive and hard-working role model for our kids and staff," the school district said on its Facebook page. "He will be greatly missed."

The school district says they will have several grief counselors at the school to help students and staff.

Danneman, who was just 37 years old, leaves behind a wife and two young kids. He would have been 38 in May. He has been with the West Platte School District for four years.

The school district said their deepest sympathies go out to the coach's family during this time of grief.

Danneman, who also taught physical education, moved from a small town to Weston to take over the football program.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to create a Nate Danneman Memorial Fund.

FCA will be sponsoring a candlelight vigil that all are invited to in remembrance of Coach Danneman Thursday, April 20 at 8 p.m. on the Old Football Field.  Those who attend are asked to bring a candle. At the vigil they will pass the light, have a moment of silence, share stories, and maybe mimic some of his favorite dance moves. There will also be a place to donate to a memorial fund for the family and write notes.