INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- Four people were taken to the hospital after an accident in Independence on Wednesday. The accident happened near Truman Road and Stark around 9 a.m., when the driver of a Jeep lost control, crossed over from westbound to eastbound lanes, and struck a silver Kia sedan. Three people from the Kia and the driver of the Jeep were all hospitalized.
Independence police say upon investigation, they found the driver of the Jeep had a felony probation violation warrant out for her arrest. Furthermore, a loaded handgun, ammunition, marijuana, and a large amount of clothing with tags were found in the Jeep. Investigators say there were no store bags in the SUV.
While she's in custody, the driver of the Jeep has not been charged yet.
According to police, the accident is not the result of a police chase. Police say an officer was headed west on Truman to assist another officer in an unrelated call when the silver Jeep in the area noticed the police officer with their sirens and lights on and took off at a high rate of speed. The driver of the Jeep then ran a red light and hit the Kia head-on.
"The items in her car were presumed stolen and we found ammunition in her car, as well," Independence police officer John Syme said.
The three people inside the Kia included a man, a woman and 5-year-old boy . All three suffered non-life threatening injuries.