BELLE PLAINE — Authorities said a tanker truck veered off the Kansas Turnpike south of Wichita and crashed, causing a powerful explosion and killing both people onboard.
The Kansas Highway Patrol said a witness saw the truck hit a guardrail before losing control Saturday afternoon about a mile north of the Belle Plaine service area.
The Wichita Eagle reported that authorities said the male driver and female co-driver were from Oklahoma. They did not release the victims’ names.
Master Trooper Joel Powers said a motorist started toward the truck to help, but the truck was already burning and it was too late. He said the truck exploded about 10 minutes after he arrived.