Fatal Interstate 435 Crash Linked to Overnight Armed Robberies in Kansas City, Police Say

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Two people have tragically lost their lives in a fatal crash on northbound Interstate 435, which the Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department has linked to a series of armed robberies that occurred overnight. The incident resulted in the closure of I-435 at 210 Highway early Tuesday morning, as accident investigators worked through the aftermath of the collision.

According to authorities, the chain of events began when officers responded to an armed robbery call at a convenience store at 9901 NE Barry Road around 2:34 a.m. Following this, another victim reported a robbery at gunpoint at a gas station at 5401 NW 64th Street, and a third armed robbery was reported at a convenience store near 8801 Birmingham Road at approximately 4:13 a.m.

Ultimately, a suspect and possible vehicle were identified in connection with all three incidents, leading to a pursuit initiated by law enforcement. The suspect then drove in the wrong direction on the northbound lanes of I-435, ultimately causing a collision near 210 Highway that claimed the lives of two individuals. The victims’ identities have not yet been disclosed to the public.

At 9:48 a.m., nearly five hours after the crash, all lanes of I-435 were reopened to drivers, although the investigation remains ongoing at this time. The Kansas City Police Department has not provided any further details regarding the incident.