Fiery crash closes Topeka Blvd. near Forbes Field

Published: Jul. 1, 2022 at 2:40 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The area of SW Topeka Blvd. and University Blvd. was closed off to traffic this afternoon due to an accident involving vehicles on fire.

The accident happened around 2:20 p.m. at SW Topeka and University Blvd. The Shawnee Co. Sheriff’s Office says a semi-truck and a pickup truck were involved and both drivers were transported to the hospital.

Vehicles on Fire at S. Topeka and University Blvd.
Vehicles on Fire at S. Topeka and University Blvd.(Eric Ives)

13 NEWS spoke with a man who said he was riding as a passenger in a pickup truck that struck the gas tank of the semi-truck, which caused it to explode. The passenger also told 13 NEWS he pulled the driver out of their vehicle before it caught on fire.

According to the Shawnee County Sheriff’s office, the semi-truck made a right turn from the left lane while in front of the pickup truck, causing them to collide in the right lane headed southbound.

The roadway opened back up as of 4:47 p.m.

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