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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Two people are dead and multiple others have serious injuries after a head-on crash Tuesday afternoon near Independence.

Police said the crash happened just before 4 p.m. on U.S. 40 Highway near Denton Road.

The driver of a gold Porsche was traveling eastbound on 40 Highway at a high rate of speed when he drove into oncoming lanes to pass slower traffic, according to police.

Police said the driver of a silver Toyota was westbound in the right lane when the Porsche struck the Toyota head-on.

The driver and passenger of the Porsche were taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. The driver later died and is reported to be a 31-year-old man from Kansas City, Missouri.

The driver and passenger of the Toyota were taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. Police said the passenger of the Toyota died as a result of her injuries. She is reported to be a 41-year-old of Kansas City, Missouri.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.