KANSAS CITY, Mo. — At least two people are in the hospital after a multi-vehicle crash involving a semi on U.S. Highway 71.

Investigators said that a tan Chevrolet Tahoe was traveling southbound on U.S. 71 Highway when the driver changed lanes and braked directly in front of a semi-truck and trailer that was traveling northbound.

The semi-driver veered left to avoid colliding with the Chevrolet and struck a white Dodge Journey.

The semi-forced the Dodge into the concrete center median where the Dodge partially overturned and lodged in between the semi-trailer and the concrete median.

The semi then struck the Chevrolet and a Nissan Frontier pick-up. The impact caused the Frontier to strike the concrete center median and overturn.

The items located in the bed of the semi were ejected from the vehicle and the debris struck the rear of a northbound black Volkswagen Jetta.

The driver of the Chevrolet refused medical treatment at the scene. The driver of the semi was uninjured. The driver of the Dodge was taken to a local hospital in critical condition. The driver of the Frontier was taken to a local hospital in stable condition. The driver of the Volkswagen was uninjured.

Northbound 71 Highway was completely closed to all traffic for approximately three hours.

The investigation is ongoing at this time.

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