A Kansas woman is dead after a state trooper who was responding to an accident lost control of his patrol car and slammed into her vehicle.
The Kansas Highway Patrol reports 24-year-old trooper Dillon Keller of Dodge City was eastbound on U.S. 50 near Spearville at 7:07 a.m. Tuesday when a truck pulled onto the highway from a truck stop.
Keller drove onto the shoulder and braked hard before coming back onto the highway, crossing into the westbound lanes and striking a car driven by 59-year-old Lucinda Lampe of Offerle, who had moved to the westbound shoulder.
Lampe’s vehicle then struck a third car that was stopped behind her.
Lampe was killed in the crash. Keller was taken to a Dodge City hospital, where he was treated and released.
ORIGINAL: A crash has closed Highway 50 between Dodge City and Kinsley. Officials say the crash happened in front of the Spearville truck stop.
KSN television reports that a highway patrol trooper was involved in the crash. The trooper swerved to miss a truck leaving the truck stop and hit two other cars.
One person was killed. No immediate details on other injuries.
The trooper was not killed.
The highway is expected to be closed for most of the afternoon.