Pedestrian critically injured after being struck on Buck O’Neil Bridge

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Police say someone walking on the Buck O'Neil Bridge Monday night was struck by a vehicle and suffered life-threatening injuries.

The crash happened around 9 p.m., in the northbound lanes, which were closed for a period of time, but have since reopened.

FOX 4 reached out to police to get more information, but at this time, all they would release is that the person hit is in the hospital with life threatening injuries.

It's unclear why this person was on the bridge. There are no sidewalks, which makes it very dangerous to try and cross. Those trying to cross on foot have a small ledge to balance on.

Officers shut down the northbound lanes for about an hour as paramedics rushed the victim to the hospital and investigators looked into how it happened.

This bridge was built more than 60 years ago.

City officials and MoDOT are currently debating what to do with this bridge.

For about $50-million, they can rehabilitate it, but since it’s so old, there’s a push to replace it with a new bridge – a bridge that would have sidewalks and bike lanes so pedestrians could safely cross it.

But building new would cost triple – around $150-million – and the question is, where would the money come from?

Whether they repair it or replace it, the plan is to completely shut it down in 2019 for about two years as they work on it.

As for the person hit on the bridge Monday night, police have not yet released that victim’s name, but FOX 4 will provide updates once it is released.



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