Officials identify victim in fatal crash on U.S. 50 near Emporia

(KSNT Photo/Alec Gartner)

LYON COUNTY, Kan. (KSNT) – The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office has identified the person killed early Monday morning in a crash near Emporia.

Lyon County Sheriff Jeffrey Cope reports just before 4:00 a.m. deputies located a one vehicle accident in the 500 block of West Highway 50 in a ditch.

Cope said a semi was traveling east on U.S. 50 when it struck a bridge railing for an unknown reason. It continued east into a south ditch where it rolled and came to a rest on its top and side. According to the sheriff, the driver was trapped and extricated by Lyon County EMS and Lyon County Fire.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene and identified as Michael D. Happel, 52, of Lexington, Nebraska.

According to the sheriff’s office Happel was wearing a seatbelt.

The accident caused the westbound lanes of U.S. Highway 50 to be closed early Monday morning while crews worked the scene. The highway was back open around 7:30 a.m.

The investigation into the crash is continuing.


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