Motorist-assist driver killed while controlling I-70 for earlier crash

Friday, September 21, 2012 | 7:25 a.m. CDT; updated 10:22 a.m. CDT, Friday, September 21, 2012

INDEPENDENCE — Authorities said the driver of a Missouri Department of Transportation vehicle was struck and killed while shutting down Interstate 70 in suburban Kansas City after an earlier fatal crash.

KMBC-TV reported that I-70 was beginning to reopen after the early Friday crash.

The first crash happened around 1:45 a.m. Two people were ejected from their vehicles, and one of them died.

Emergency crews were at the scene of that crash when a vehicle hit a motor-assist truck around 2:45 a.m., causing it to burst into flames. The motorist-assist driver was hit outside his vehicle and died at the scene.

Motor-assist drivers patrol major roadways, and their duties include helping with traffic control.

The driver who hit the motor-assist truck was taken to a hospital with serious injuries.

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