July 23, 2014

Southbound I-35 re-opened to traffic; one dead, three in custody following highway incident

Southbound Interstate 35 is open to traffic again, but one man is dead and another three are in custody after a stabbing incident that closed the thoroughfare to traffic for nearly five hours on Tuesday morning.

A Kansas Highway Patrol deputy reported a white vehicle with Texas plates traveling northbound on I-35 moving erratically through traffic at about 7 a.m. on Sept. 7. The vehicle crashed into a barrier wall, and the trooper investigated thinking the driver may have been intoxicated, according to KHP officials.

Upon closer inspection, the driver – clearly injured – exited the vehicle. The passenger then began chasing the driver with a knife. The victims, a man in his 20s, was taken to Olathe Medical Center where he eventually died of his injuries.

KHP officials shut down all southbound lanes of I-35 just south of the Old U.S. 56 Highway exit in Olathe to investigate the incident.

Police apprehended two other people from second vehicle with Texas plates. Their connection to the stabbing is unclear, however three people remain in custody.

Highway officials re-opened the highway to traffic shortly after 12:30 p.m.

— Danedri Thompson

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