1 dead, 1 injured in I-35 semi-truck crash and fire

Semi-truck crash causes I-35 to shut down.
Semi-truck crash causes I-35 to shut down.(KWCH)
Published: Oct. 23, 2021 at 3:24 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - One person is dead and another injured after a semi-truck rear-ended on I-35 near Pawnee on Saturday afternoon.

KHP says a semi-truck rear-ended another slow-moving semi-truck in the Southbound lanes. KHP says the second semi was carrying vegetable oil and caught fire due to the crash, causing the driver to be ejected from the vehicle.

KHP says the driver of the second vehicle died from their injuries at a local hospital. The driver of the semi that was rear-ended is in the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Troopers say the Southbound lanes of I-35 will be closed for the next several hours. Drivers will need to enter the turnpike through South Wichita. Northbound lanes are now open.

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