K-4 highway west of Topeka open again after semi crash shuts down traffic early Friday

Published: Jan. 22, 2021 at 5:53 AM CST
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Traffic on a highway west of Topeka was reopened Friday morning after a semi-trailer crash shut down the roadway for about three hours.

No injuries were reported in the crash, which was reported around 5:30 a.m. Friday in the 9200 block of S.W. K-4 highway.

The location was at the intersection of S.W. K-4 highway and Hodges Road, about a mile west of Auburn Road.

Traffic on S.W. K-4 highway was closed between Valencia Road on the west and Auburn Road on the east as crews worked to clear the scene.

That stretch of K-4 highway was shut down from about 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., when it was reopened.

Officers at the scene said the driver of the semi was headed north on Hodges Road and was attempting to make a right -- or eastbound turn -- onto K-4 highway when one of the back tires on the right side of the trailer apparently went off the roadway and into a ditch.

The trailer then toppled onto its right side, blocking both lanes of the two-way highway.

The driver told 13 NEWS the trailer was hauling a load of dehydrated lime and was on the way back to Garden City in southwest Kansas.

Around 7:30 a.m., two heavy-duty wreckers from Brown’s Super Service were able to get the trailer back onto its wheels.

Shawnee County sheriff’s deputies and Kansas Department of Transportation personnel were redirecting traffic around the crash scene.

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