One person is dead and another was transported to Wichita’s St. Francis Hospital following a Friday morning collision one south of Augusta on Highway 77 at the north end of the Walnut River bridge.
According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, Kenneth Shaw, 21 of Douglass, was driving a 1997 Dodge vehicle and crossed the center line striking a 2008 Kenworth tractor trailer truck, operated by William Wasmer of Wichita.
It was not clear what caused Shaw to make the fatal mistake. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
KDOT workers were at the scene to make sure that leaking diesel fuel from the semi did not run into the river. The highway was closed for hours.
Law enforcement officers and rescue units from Augusta, Butler County Sheriff’s Department, and the Kansas Highway Patrol all responded to the scene of the crash.