Three Rear-End Collisions in Construction Zone in Johnson County

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When one driver failed to stop due to road construction on MO 58, he crashed into the rear of the vehicle immediately ahead, which caused two subsequent rear-end collisions and moderate injuries for two victims.

On June 6, 2012 at approximately 6:00 P.M., 45-year-old Robert Gaston from Overland Park, Kansas was heading west on MO 58 one mile east of Holden, Missouri in a 1990 Buick Regal. At said time and place, Susan Hill, age 50, from Holden, Missouri was heading west in a 2002 Dodge. Also at said time and place, Vicki Winslow, age 51, was westbound while operating a 2008 Chrysler. Also at said time and place, 72-year-old Loran Smith from Warrensburg, Missouri was traveling west in a 2004 Dodge.

The crash occurred as Hill, Winslow, and Smith were slowing for road construction on MO 58. Gaston failed to stop and crashed into the rear of Hill’s vehicle. Hill then crashed into the rear of Winslow, and Winslow crashed into the rear of Smith.

At fault driver Gaston did not receive injuries as a result of this crash and refused treatment at the scene. Hill suffered moderate injuries and was transported to Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence, Missouri by Johnson County Ambulance from the scene of the crash. Winslow suffered moderate injuries and was transported from the scene of the crash by Johnson County Ambulance to Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Smith did not receive injuries as a result of this crash and refused treatment at the scene.

Gaston’s Buick Regal received extensive damages and was removed from the roadway and left at the scene of the crash. Hill’s Dodge received total damage and was towed from the scene of the crash by Ron’s Tow of Independence, Missouri. Winslow’s vehicle received extensive damages and was towed from the scene of the crash by Reed’s Tow of Reeds Spring, Missouri. Smith’s vehicle received minor damage and was driven from the scene of the crash.

This investigation is pending and is led by Corporal D. W. Melton and assisted by Holden Fire Department and Johnson County Sheriff Department.

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