Police arrived at 12:50 a.m. and said the car was on-fire- one confirmed fatality.
Extrication was performed on a critically-injured passenger in a vehicle which had struck another.
The dead driver- identified by police as 35-year-old Jeff Gregory of Independence- was ejected from the vehicle.
No one in the vehicle struck was hurt.
I-435 northbound was closed for almost 3 hours while officers from the KC-MO PD traffic unit investigated the crash.
At least 4 people have died during the midnight hour this weekend- two from a shooting incident and 2 fatal crashes.