Traffic crashes kept Independence police busy Friday.

Traffic crashes kept Independence police busy Friday.

The first happened at 6:30 a.m. when police said a man driving a tractor trailer full of gravel was northbound on Missouri 291 near the intersection at Kentucky Avenue when he braked suddenly and tried to correct his mistake.

The trailer overturned after the driver attempted to enter the eastbound lane of Kentucky Avenue, spilling the gravel out onto the road and partially covering another vehicle, a Mustang, driven by a 42-year-old Independence woman who was westbound on Kentucky Avenue.

The vehicle suffered extensive damage and had to be towed from the scene. The woman declined medical attention and left the scene.

The driver of the truck, a 27-year-old man from Lee’s Summit, was cited for careless driving and safety violation. He was not injured.

At 9:58 a.m., police were called to Noland Road and Fair Street, where a 69-year-old Kansas City woman failed to stop at the red light, striking a westbound vehicle. Only the woman was injured, though they were minor injuries.

At 1:26 p.m., police were called to Lee’s Summit Road at Bass Pro Drive, where an 81-year-old man, southbound on Lee’s Summit Road, attempted to turn left and struck the front fender of a truck pulling lawn care equipment.

The man suffered serious injuries, Sgt. David Ison of the Independence Police Department said.

“He was wearing a helmet,” Ison said. “We’re still investigating that incident.”
Names of those involved in each incident were not released.