A 35-year-old Nixa, Missouri man has died after a two-semi crash on the Kansas Turnpike south of Emporia.
The Kansas Highway Patrol says the crash happened after 10 p.m. last night near mile marker 120. A northbound semi crashed into a semi and trailer parked on the right shoulder, knocking it into the ditch. The northbound semi then caught fire. 35-year-old Yuriy Lendel, the driver of the northbound semi, passed away. The 28-year-old Texas man in the semi that was parked was taken to Newman Regional Health in Emporia. Both drivers were not wearing seat belts.
All lanes of the turnpike were closed for several hours while heavy equipment was called in to move debris off the roadway.