Nine Injured in Jackson County Accident
Six Center School District students and three adults were injured in a four-vehicle wreck in Lee's Summit that involved a school bus Wednesday afternoon in Jackson County.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that a chain reaction happened on northbound I-470 south of Highway 40 (near the Independence city limits) at 3:47 p.m. when a 2008 Ford driven by 21-year-old Kaley A. Hays of Pleasant Hill merged between two others and traffic suddenly became stationary, causing the chain reaction. According to published reports, the Ford cut in front of the bus, and the bus, driven by 73-year-old Ralph E. McKinney of Kansas City, was unable to stop in time and struck the Ford, causing the chain reaction.
Three adults and six teenagers (high school wrestlers) were injured, including a 16-year-old with moderate injuries. The rest had minor injuries. All were from the Kansas City area. The students ranged in age from 14 to 17 and were transported to Children's Mercy.
Students on the bus who were not injured were returned to Center High School, where parents picked them up.
All drivers were wearing a safety device.
The Ford had moderate damage, while the other vehicles had minor damage, including the school bus, a 2018 Thomas.