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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 28-year-old Osawatomie man was killed in the early morning hours of Saturday, Aug. 28, after being struck by a tractor-trailer on Interstate 70 under Pittman Road in Kansas City, Mo.

Mark A. Johnson, 28, of Osawatomie had exited his vehicle after experiencing a tire blowout, according to an accident report from the Kansas City Missouri Police Department.

The accident took place at 3:27 a.m. Saturday in the westbound lanes. According to the report, Johnson was driving a Chrysler sedan westbound when it experienced a tire blowout. Johnson stopped the vehicle in the outside traffic lane and exited on foot.

A westbound tractor-trailer was traveling in the outside lane, and the driver swerved to miss the stopped vehicle and hit Johnson, who was standing nearby.

The tractor-trailer then ran off the right shoulder and overturned on its right side.

Johnson died at the scene.

The truck driver was not injured; however, a passenger in the truck was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to the report.

I-70 was closed at Blue Ridge Boulevard following the accident to allow for the investigation to take place, according to the report.

Senior Managing Editor Brian McCauley can be reached at (913) 294-2311 or brian.mccauley@miconews.com.

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