Motorcyclist critically injured in wreck on I-435 in Shawnee

Shawnee wreck

An ambulance transporting an injured motorcyclist to Overland Park Regional Medical Center after the motorcycle crashed on southbound I-435 near the Renner Road bridge in Shawnee. Recorded radio traffic indicated the motorcyclist suffered critical injuries. Photo credit Mike Frizzell.

A man was rushed to an area hospital following a motorcycle crash on southbound Interstate 435 in Shawnee on Sunday evening.

Police, firefighters and paramedics were called to the southbound lanes near the Renner Road bridge at 7:33 p.m. Firefighters responded from the Shawnee and Lenexa fire departments.

Recorded radio traffic indicates that a witness reported the motorcycle was trying to pass a car by using the shoulder, when the rider hit gravel and lost control.

The motorcycle came to a stop in the grass median.

Radio traffic states that several vehicles stopped, and bystanders were performing CPR when police arrived.

A Shawnee police officer used an automated external defibrillator (AED), shocking the motorcycle driver twice before firefighters arrived.

Johnson County Med-Act transported the man, who is identified as being about 60 years old, to Overland Park Regional Medical Center in critical condition.

Three officers from the Shawnee Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit were called in to investigate the crash.

All lanes of I-435 reopened by about 11:20 p.m. As of Monday morning, police had not released any details about the crash.

Anyone with information about the crash can contact the Shawnee Police Department at 913-631-2150.

Check back with this report for updates.