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Motorcyclist Killed on I-70 Near Concordia

LAFAYETTE COUNTY, Mo. – A 26-year-old Kansas City man is dead after a one-vehicle crash Friday afternoon in Lafayette County.



Posted by: Victoria Swoboda
Last Update: 4/25 12:51 pm

Paul D. Eaton was killed when his 2006 Suzuki motorcycle crashed on Interstate 70, one mile east of Highway 23.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Online Traffic Crash Report, Eaton was traveling eastbound on I-70 at a high rate of speed. As he was approaching two tractor trailers, he attempted to pass 60-year-old Rodney D. Cline of Formso, Kan., who was driving a 2008 Volvo tractor trailer. Eaton sideswiped the trailer and lost control of his bike, striking another vehicle driven by 56-year-old Hillis S. Oakley of Rickman, Tenn.

Eaton was ejected from his bike when he struck the third vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene by a Lafayette County coroner.

Due to the crash, authorities shut down eastbound I-70 near Concordia at around 1:45 p.m. Traffic was reopened a few hours later.