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Driver of Tractor Trailer Killed in Single Vehicle Accident

On Thursday, March 24, the driver of a tractor-trailer was killed in a single-vehicle accident on U.S. 50.

According to police the accident happened at around 11.30 a.m. in the westbound lanes of U.S. 50 in Lee’s Summit at the O’Brien Street overpass. It appears that the driver, 46 year old Alan Tate of Kansas City, Kansas, lost control of the truck and went off the roadway to the south where he hit the concrete bridge support for the overpass. Tate died at the scene.

Police closed traffic in both directions on U.S. 50 for several hours while investigators gathered evidence and cleared debris. The highway reopened about 3:30 p.m. while the police continued to work with Missouri Department of Transportation engineers to determine if the bridge remained safe for travel. It was eventually determined that the bridge was safe but the investigation continued to find out why Tate lost control of the rig.

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