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Assistant Fire Chief killed in vehicle accident while on his way to a scene

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Staff reports

Columbia Daily Tribune

More details have emerged about the crash on Interstate Highway 70 east of Columbia that resulted in the death of a Boone County assistant fire chief early Wednesday.

Bryant E. Gladney, 58, was assisting at the scene of an earlier accident when his 2015 Ford Explorer was struck by a tractor-trailer at 4:48 a.m. Wednesday on westbound I-70 before Exit 133 ( Route Z/Rangeline Road), near mile-marker 135.4.

Gladney was transported to University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Kevin L. Brunson, 64, of Kansas City, failed to slow his 2021 Freightliner Cascadia 116 while approaching Gladney’s vehicle, which was stationary with its emergency lights activated to redirect traffic away from an overturned box truck involved in the original accident, the Missouri State Highway Patrol wrote in its crash report.

A University Hospital ambulance also was on the scene with emergency lights flashing, stopped west of Gladney.

Gladney and Brunson were both wearing seat belts.

Brunson was driving at highway speed when the front of his tractor-trailer struck the rear of Gladney’s vehicle, the highway patrol reported. The semi then struck the disabled box truck, causing it to begin rotating and strike the rear of the ambulance.

Gladney’s SUV skidded and came to rest in the left lane, facing north. The box truck came to rest, still on its right side, facing south. The ambulance was pushed forward and came to rest in the right lane, facing west.

Brunson came to a controlled stop on the right shoulder, west of the other vehicles.

Gladney’s vehicle was totaled, while the ambulance and box truck received extensive damage and the semi received moderate damage, the patrol reported.

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