An Independence man died in a traffic crash early Monday on Interstate 435 when he was hit by a wrong-way driver.

According to the Kansas City Police Department, a black Ford Fusion was northbound on I-435 north of 87th Street when it collided head-on with a maroon Cadillac Escalade that was southbound.

The Ford driver, a 26-year-old Independence man, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police have not released his name, pending family notification.

The Cadillac driver was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.