STRONG CITY, Kan. (KSNT) – An elderly Elmdale man died after the truck he was driving crossed the center line and hit a semi east of Strong City. That Chase County city is about 20 miles west of Emporia.
The Chase County Sheriff’s Office responded to the accident in a construction zone on U.S. Highway 50 near mile maker 328. It happened around 1:30 Wednesday afternoon. Highway 50 was closed at Strong City for a time. Lanes reduced during the investigation and U.S. Highway 50 was eventually re-opened to regular traffic just after 8:00 p.m.
Sheriff Richard Dorneker says a 2015 Dodge pick-up truck was traveling westbound on U.S. 50 and crossed the highway’s center line and crashed into an eastbound semi-truck. The pick-up truck was driven by 72-year-old, William Lamey of Elmdale, Kansas. Thirty-five-year-old Gilberto Cisneros of Emporia was driving the 2004 Kenworth semi. Lamey was pronounced dead at the scene. Cisneros was taken to Newman Regional Health in Emporia.
Multiple agencies responded to the accident including Chase County’s Fire and Rescue, EMS, the Kansas Department of Transportation, the Kansas Highway Patrol, the Critical Highway Accident Response Team (CHART).