Vehicle Wreck Sparks Gas Smell, Diverts Turnpike Traffic


TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A vehicle went off the Kansas Turnpike Wednesday night, flipping and hitting a natural gas main line and leaving the driver with serious injuries

The Kansas Turnpike Authority says the vehicle went off the Turnpike just before 8:30 pm near SE 21st and Shiloh Ridge Lane, which is just east of Croco Road. SE 21st runs parallel to the Turnpike at that location. KTA says crews reported a significant natural gas odor in the area.

Shawnee Heights Fire officials say the driver of the vehicle had to be extricated. The person was taken to Stormont-Vail with injuries considered critical.

Turnpike traffic was not allowed to exit at East Topeka for about an hour, while Kansas Gas Service crews worked to shut off the line. In addition, Shawnee County authorities had closed SE 21st from Croco Rd. to Tecumseh Rd.

Authorities did not receive any reports of fire associated with the situation.

A Kansas Gas spokesperson did not have information Wednesday night on what repairs, if any, might be required.

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