Driver Killed in Crash Near Salina

A truck driver was killed in a single-vehicle crash near Salina late Monday night.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, a 2015 Freightliner semi pulling a utility trailer loaded with frozen meat was headed east on  K 143 Highway.  At the junction of Old 81, the driver failed to yield, crossing the north and southbound lanes of Old 81/K-143 and left the east edge of Old 81, vaulting and coming to rest after striking a ditch embankment.

The impact caused the load in the trailer to shift forward, separating the front of the trailer and back of the cab.

The driver was the sole occupant of the vehicle. He is  identified as 36-year-old  Gurmeet Deol from Fresno, California. He died at the scene.

The crash happened north of Salina at around 9:15 Monday night near K 143  /Old 81 Highway.

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Kansas Highway Patrol photos