Authorities identify man killed in K-4 collision

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) — A Topeka man was killed in a rush-hour wreck Tuesday afternoon that shut down a stretch of K-4 in northeast Shawnee Co.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, Thomas Prescott, 67, was driving a northbound Hyundai that collided head-on with an SUV justa after 4:30 p.m. Tuesday on K-4 at the NE 31st Street intersection.

KHP's Lt. Adam Winters told 13 NEWS a Ford Explorer driving south on K-4 approached two vehicles that had slowed to turn onto 31st. The driver of the SUV moved into the northbound lane to get around the vehicles and collided head-on with Prescott's oncoming passenger car.

According to the KHP crash log, Henry Carey Jr., who was driving the SUV, indicated he moved into the northbound lane to avoid a rear-end collision.

Carey, Jr. was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Authorities shut down K-4 from US-24 to NE 39th St. while crews worked the scene. The highway re-opened around 8:30 p.m.

KHP indicates both Prescott and Carey, Jr. were wearing seatbelts.