TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Law enforcement and emergency responders are on the scene of an accident early Friday morning. Dispatchers tell KSNT news the accident is in the eastbound lanes of U.S. Highway 24 underneath the U.S. Highway 75 overpass.
UPDATE: The accident victim has been identified as 21 year -old Dustin Seitz of Lexington, MO.
KHP reports that the semi-tractor trailer truck was northbound on Highway 75 when it crossed the median and the southbound lanes of traffic and ended up crashing on eastbound Highway 24 underneath the overpass.
Delays and detours are likely near the accident and dispatchers advise to avoid the area as some of the ramps are being closed at the 24/75 junction.
6:55am UPDATE: Eastbound Highway 24 is now closed as you approach the accident scene; traffic will be detoured to south Highway 75. Also, all ramps at that junction are closed with the exception of the NB 75 to EB 24 ramp.
A Shawnee County Sheriff’s vehicle was also hit from behind by another vehicle east of the fatality accident scene.
TRAFFIC UPDATE: 11:15AM 12/23 UPDATE: Eastbound US-24 FULL CLOSURE from Menoken Rd to US-75 and southbound US-75 to eastbound US-24 ramp STILL CLOSED.
All other ramps at US-24 & US-75 interchange NOW OPEN to traffic!
Tow trucks now on scene to remove crashed semi. Estimated Reopen: 1.5 hours.
KSNT will continue to monitor the road condition.