Two die in crash

A head-on crash Monday afternoon on southbound I-49 at the 161-mile marker claimed the lives of two persons.

Dead at the scene of the accident were Janna L. Dillon, 73, Clinton, and Sandra C. Hammond, 77, Belton.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at about 1:12 p.m. when Hammond, driving a 2005 Toyota, was traveling northbound in the southbound lane of I-49 and struck head-on a southbound 2022 Chevrolet driven by Dillon.

The patrol said the impact caused the Dillon vehicle to strike a 2006 Volkswagen, driven by Trevor S. Halfmann, 51, Lee’s Summit.

According to the accident report, the Hammond vehicle came to rest partially in the left lane of I-49 facing southbound and the Dillon vehicle overturned and traveled off the right side of the roadway. The Halfmann vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway.

The patrol said Hammond was pronounced dead at the scene by the Harrisonville EMT Thomas Ratterman at 1:29 p.m. and Dillon was pronounced dead 10 minutes later by Harrisonville EMT Zachariah Sierks.

The patrol said Halfmann was not injured. According to the patrol, all three victims were wearing safety devices when the accident occurred.

The accident was investigated by Msgt. R.W. Shaul and the Major Crash Investigation Unit headed by Cpl. R.V. McCormick. Assisting with the investigation were Msgt. B.J. Toal, Msgt. W.P. Bremer, Tpr. B.R. Peters, the Harrisonville Police Department and the Cass County Sheriff’s Office.