A semi tractor-trailer crashed into an unmanned toll booth on the Kansas Turnpike in northeast Kansas, killing a 30-year-old Colorado man who was in the truck.
A second person in the tractor-trailer was hospitalized in critical condition after the crash, which occurred about 3 a.m. Saturday when the truck ran into the toll booth on westbound Interstate 70 in Leavenworth County.
The Kansas Turnpike Authority identified the fatality victim as Sergiy Angelchev of Aurora, Colo.
The Kansas Highway Patrol said the truck was traveling at highway speeds and didn’t slow down before crashing into the toll booth. The truck’s engine landed about 50 yards from the booth.
The patrol says no one was in the booth because the toll booths are unmanned at night.
ORIGINAL: One person is killed and another is critically hurt when a semi slams into a toll both on the Kansas Turnpike early Saturday morning.
Operation 100 News reports that first responders were dispatched to the eastern toll plaza, near milepost 217, for an injury accident involving a tractor-trailer at 3:04 a.m.
Kansas Turnpike Troopers arrived to report one person had been ejected from the truck and was unconscious. A second injured person was still inside the cab of the truck.
Medics reported one person deceased at the scene and another with critical injuries.
A LifeStar helicopter landed in the eastbound lanes of the Interstate, temporarily blocking several lanes through the toll plaza for a short time.
The Kansas Turnpike Authority says the tractor-trailer was traveling at highway speeds, never slowed down and crashed into the toll plaza. No one was inside the toll booth at the time of the crash.
Two men were inside the cab of the tractor-trailer. One of the men was injured, the other was killed.
Information from: Mike Frizzell / Operation 100 News