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Texas motorist dies in flash flood in Kansas

Associated Press - July 11, 2015 3:19 pm

A 2-mile stretch of the Kansas Turnpike where seven people have died in flooding will soon offer better protection for drivers.

Authorities say a Texas driver has died in flash floodwaters after sliding off a wet stretch of Interstate 35 near the Kansas town of Emporia.

The Kansas Turnpike Authority said in a news release that 21-year-old Zachary Clark, of Keller, Texas, was headed northbound around 5 p.m. Friday when his vehicle hydroplaned. The vehicle then went off the road and entered an area of rapidly moving floodwater in the northbound ditch.

No other information was immediately available. The Turnpike Authority says an investigation is ongoing.

The National Weather Service says the flash flooding occurred as a storm dumped 3.8 inches of rain on the Emporia area over a span of just a few hours Friday.