According to the Kansas City Star, 56-year-old Kenny B. Ford, of Texas, failed to slow for backed-up traffic on Interstate 70 near Boner Springs and crashed into the rear of vehicles that were stopped at a bottleneck where traffic was merging.
The collision involved four passenger vehicles and two semi-trucks. A witness involved in the accident exited his pickup to aid the occupants of the other three passenger vehicles, but, as he later told reporters, there was “nothing anybody could do” for them.
The five occupants of the other three passenger vehicles were killed in the collision.
Officials are still investigating the accident and are trying to determine why exactly Ford failed to slow and merge for traffic. What they have concluded is that Ford was traveling too fast when the crash occurred and that he failed to maintain proper awareness and attention to traffic conditions.