A wreck Friday afternoon involving a motorcycle and an SUV on a busy Independence roadway killed the motorcycle driver, a 37-year-old man from Independence.
The accident happened about 4 p.m. when a 2016 Yamaha sport bike was traveling west on U.S. 40 when it collided with a 2003 Jeep Liberty that had exited westbound Interstate 70 and was turning left across the road to eastbound U.S. 40, according to police. Several witnesses told police the motorcycle ran a red light.
The motorcycle driver, whose name has not been released pending family notification, died on impact, police said, and while he was wearing a helmet it came off during the collision. The impact caused the motorcyclist to be thrown to the opposite side of the median on U.S. 40.
The Jeep driver was not injured.
The accident backed up and snarled traffic during the rush hour at several busy intersections, as police blocked off U.S. 40 in both directions. Eastbound U.S. 40 traffic had to be rerouted in both directions on Sterling Avenue, and westbound U.S. 40 traffic that went past Crysler was sent onto eastbound Interstate 70. Police re-opened the road at about 6 p.m.