By Sgt. Chris Depue

On Monday, 11/23/2020 at approximately 7:20 p.m. emergency crews responded to a single vehicle crash in the eastbound lanes of US 40 Highway near Powell Road. 

When officers got on scene, they located a single vehicle, a black and white late model Ford F-150 that had been travelling east on the highway.  The vehicle had left the roadway, impacted a tree and caught fire.  The single occupant of the truck was killed in the crash. 

The deceased has been identified as 70-year-old Willie E. Wright of Kansas City, Missouri. 

Investigators are working to identify any witnesses to the accident that may have seen the vehicle prior to the crash.  If you have information, please contact Investigator Mike Perkins at 816-969-1670.