Injury crash causes fuel to spill on highway in Manhattan

MANHATTAN, Kan. (KSNT) – An injury crash involving a pickup truck and a semi slowed down traffic in Manhattan Wednesday morning.

The Kansas Department of Transportation reports the crash happened around 6:30 a.m. on K-177 (Pillsbury Drive) at Acorn Lane.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reports a semi driven by 24-year-old Troy W. Higgs, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, was backing up across K-177 when a 2012 Ford F-350, driven by 54–year-old Charles J. Schumacher, of Maple Hill, was traveling northbound on K-177 and didn’t see the trailer and crashed into it.

The crash caused the northbound lanes of K-177 to be reduced to one lane and the southbound lanes closed due to diesel fuel spill cleanup.

The Riley County Police Department reported at 11:55 a.m. that all lanes were back open on K-177.

Higgs was not injured in the crash but Schumacher was taken to Via Christi Hospital with injuries.

Both drivers were wearing a seat belt.


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