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JACKSON COUNTY, Mo. — A Lee’s Summit School District teacher has died Thursday morning after a crash involving a semitrailer in Jackson County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating the deadly crash in southeast Jackson County.

Around 6:45 a.m. Thursday morning, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office called the highway patrol to assist with multiple crashes near U.S. 50 Highway and 7 Highway.  

When they arrived on scene, troopers determined a crash involving a semitrailer killed 47-year-old Rachel Stone from Bates City.

An MSHP crash report says the semi driver lost control on icy 50 Highway and crossed the median into oncoming traffic. The semi crashed head-on with Stone’s vehicle.

The 47-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the semitrailer was not injured.

The Lee’s Summit School District shared the following message with families:

To our Lee’s Summit High School Community:

It is with a heavy heart that I share devastating news with our students and families.

Mrs. Rachel Stone, a physical education and health teacher who was a valued part of our Tiger family, died this morning following a car accident on Highway 50.

Mrs. Stone was a dedicated educator who will be missed throughout the LSR7 community.

Mrs. Stone student-taught in LSR7 in 1997 and then began her career in the LSHS community in 2000. In addition to teaching, Mrs. Stone served as the girl’s assistant volleyball coach. Her husband, Scott, is a teacher at Bernard Campbell Middle School. Our deepest sympathy and condolences go out to Mr. Stone, their two children and extended family.

Our school community is built on caring relationships, and we recognize that situations like this can be hard for students to comprehend or process. Additional counselors and district leaders are on campus today to support students and staff as we grieve this news, and our counseling team will continue to respond to the emotional needs of the students and staff this week.

This is truly a sad day for LSHS, and for our education community. Please join us in keeping the Stone family in your thoughts as we work to support each other in the coming days.