KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two members of a Kansas City trash truck have died and one other has serious injuries after the vehicle overturned and caught fire Tuesday.
The crash happened on the ramp from the northbound lanes of Interstate 435 to Front Street. Police said the driver of the truck was northbound on the off ramp from I-435 North to Front Street when the driver lost control and the vehicle overturned as it reached the base of the ramp.
The vehicle then collided with a concrete barrier separating east and westbound traffic on Front Street where the vehicle then caught fire with the three person crew inside.
Two people were able to escape the vehicle where they were taken to an area hospital. One was listed in critical condition and one in serious condition.
Mayor Quinton Lucas announced Tuesday evening that a second occupant died from their injuries.
“My heart breaks for his family, his friends, and our entire Kansas City Public Works Department,” he said. “My prayers are with the families and all impacted today.”
The remaining victim died at the scene.
Public Works Director Michael Shaw said he is absolutely devastated.
“Our entire team in Solid Waste Services is shook to the core,” he said in a statement. “I know the guys that are on this truck and I know their families. We are thankful to KCFD and KCPD for saving lives today. I’ve been with the city for 23 years and we’ve never had a fatality like this. It’s just devastating.”
MoDOT reported just before 3:30 p.m. that the northbound I-435 exit at Front Street was back open. However, drivers can only travel eastbound as westbound Front Street remains closed.
“Our hearts and prayers are with the family and friends of our Public Works teammate who lost his life today and for those who were injured,” Kansas City Manager Brian Platt said in a statement Tuesday. “We are grateful for the dedicated public servants who do the difficult and essential work of the city; and we are devastated to learn that one of our own won’t be going home safely at the end of the day today. We hold them all in our thoughts as we grieve this terrible loss.”
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