Police: Truck did not slow before accident that killed 5

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City police say a preliminary report indicates a tractor-trailer did not slow down before crashing into a car on Interstate 435, killing five people.

The report does not address whether police have determined why the car was stopped on the interstate before it was hit on Dec. 27. A final report that includes a reconstruction of the accident has not been completed.

The accident killed 24-year-old Shante Hopkins, her three young children and a 17-year-old family friend. The truck driver was not injured.

The Kansas City Star reports the 56-year-old truck driver had a clear view of the car and did not slow or try to swerve to avoid the car. Police have said the driver did not appear to be impaired and tested negative for alcohol.


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