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Accident on Kansas Turnpike temporarily closes I-70

May 6, 2007, 3:18 p.m. Updated May 6, 2007, 3:50 p.m.


An injury accident at mile marker 207 on the Kansas Turnpike east of Lawrence this afternoon caused Interstate 70 to be closed in both directions temporarily.

An official with the Kansas Turnpike Authority said a semitrailer went through the barrier wall, blocking both lanes of traffic. The truck was leaking diesel fuel and caught fire, but Leavenworth County fire crews were able to extinguish the fire. Work to clean the spilled diesel fuel was ongoing.

KTA maintenance crews were attempting to repair the pieces of barrier that were taken out by the semi. The KTA official said injuries were involved, but she had no further information at this time.

The official also said all parts of the turnpike are clear of standing water, despite flood advisories today in virtually every county the turnpike travels through.

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asbarkincat 11 years ago

It was pretty crazy out there. From what I understand, a Lexus had spun out and the semi had jackknifed the truck to avoid hitting the Lexus. Which was on the west bound lanes, but there was another semi and a car on the east bound lanes involved, too. When the semi hit the wall it threw a peice of it into the windsheild of the car, and pushed a big peice of the wall up underneath the other semi. The one that jackknifed was a car hauler completely loaded. Traffic on both sides was at almost a complete stand still.

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