Kia stuck under dragged semi for 8 miles on KS highway

Leawood Police are investigating after a car was dragged approximately eight miles while pinned under a tractor-trailer on Wednesday morning.

Police from multiple agencies in the area began receiving calls around 3:40 a.m. that a semi-truck traveling westbound on Interstate 435 was dragging a silver Kia under the edge of its trailer, Capt. Brad Robbins says , spokesperson for the Leawood Police Department.

Overland Park officers reached the truck driver at approximately 3:46 a.m. at I-435 and Lackman Road. The Kia, driven by a 28-year-old Kansas City woman, was wedged under the rear passenger side of the trailer.

Investigators believe the crash occurred when the truck was crossing a green light from the westbound I-435 off-ramp on State Line Road in Leawood to return to the freeway when the Kia, traveling westbound south on State Line, slid through a red light. at the intersection. The Kia then struck the trailer in front of the right rear wheel, police said.

The truck driver told authorities he saw nothing after the impact, so he continued driving on the highway for about 13 km until he was stopped by police.

Police said the woman driving the Kia was conscious and speaking to investigators at the scene. She was taken to the hospital for evaluation.

Leawood Police are investigating the crash and are asking any witnesses to contact 913-642-7700 or

This story was originally published January 25, 2023 08:28.

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Andrea Klick is a breaking news reporter for the Kansas City Star. She studied journalism and political science at the University of Southern California and grew up near Allentown, Pennsylvania.

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