Man Dies Following Crash On US-75

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Max Collier, 87 years old, of Topeka, has died as a result of injuries sustained when the Ford F-150 he was driving struck the rear of an Isuzu construction vehicle on north 75 Hwy. The Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the cause of the accident.

A preliminary investigation does not indicate that Collier suffered a medical problem.

SOLDIER, Kan. (From Media Release) -- On Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at approximately 3:06 pm Shawnee County Sheriff’s Deputies and Kansas Highway Patrol Troopers were dispatched to an injury accident in the 5700 block of N. Hwy 75.

Upon arrival deputies determined a Ford F-150 pickup traveling southbound on Hwy 75 struck the rear of an Isuzu construction vehicle. The construction vehicle is owned by Twin Traffic Marking, Kansas City, Kansas. Two employees operating the vehicle were removing the white traffic line on the inside shoulder of the highway when the accident occurred.

The driver of the Ford F-150, Max Collier (w/m 87 years of age, from Topeka) was transported by AMR to a Topeka hospital where he is listed in critical condition. His vehicle sustained heavy damage, rendering it inoperable.

The driver of the Isuzu construction vehicle, Richard Page (w/m 34 years of age, from Kansas City, MO) and the passenger of the construction vehicle, Nathan Stirton (w/m 45 years of age, from Cummings, KS) were not injured. The construction vehicle sustained damage but is operable.

The Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the cause of the accident. The Kansas Highway Patrol Chart Team was summoned to assist with mapping the accident scene. The Soldier Township Fire Department and AMR also responded to this call.