An Independence woman died and four others from Independence were seriously injured in an overnight wreck on Interstate 70.
It happened Saturday morning, just after midnight, on I-70 about two miles east of Sweet Springs, Mo. Kristen D. Moore, 18, was driving east in a 2001 Kia. The vehicle skidded and went off the road to the right, possibly due to a mechanical failure, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
The vehicle flipped over several times. None of the five people in the car was wearing a seatbelt, and four of them were thrown from the vehicle. Moore was flown to Centerpoint Medical Center, where she died hours later. Three others were hurt severely enough that they were flown to hospitals. The four passengers, all between ages 17 and 20, were all listed as seriously hurt by the Highway Patrol.