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UPDATE: Child severely injured following two-vehicle crash, police say

A child is severely injured after police say two vehicles collided near the intersection of S. 9th and Patee Streets in St. Joseph Monday morning.

Posted: Aug 5, 2019 10:34 AM
Updated: Aug 5, 2019 11:38 AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) A child is severely injured after police say two vehicles collided near the intersection of S. 9th and Patee Streets in St. Joseph Monday morning.

Officer Jeff Wilson, SJPD, says a maroon Chevy truck was driving carelessly around 9:45 a.m. and allegedly ran the intersection of S. 9th and Patee Streets, striking a minivan in the driver side. The van then struck a building on the corner of the intersection.

Police say three or four passengers were in the minivan at the time of the accident, with at least one being a young child. Wilson says the child suffered severe injuries and was transported to the hospital. The age and condition of the child are not released at this time.

The other passengers in the minivan were also taken to the hospital with injuries. Wilson says the other passengers, besides the driver, may have also been children, but their identity and condition are unknown. 

The driver of the Chevy truck attempted to flee the accident but was shortly taken into custody. Wilson says the suspect is a male in his late 30's, but his name was not released.

The man was also transported to the hospital for injuries and is in custody. Wilson says the crash investigative team will conduct a reconstruction of the crash, and will submit charges based on their investigation.

The St. Joseph Police Department has closed Patee Street from S. 8th Street to S. 10th Street as they investigate the crash.

Stay with KQ2 for more updates as the story develops.

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