Overland Park teen killed in I-70 crash in western Kansas

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OAKLEY, Kan. (WIBW) -- An Overland Park teen was killed in a crash on I-70 Thursday morning, shortly before winter weather forced the closure of that stretch of the highway.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, Jaxon Buerge was riding in a GMC Yukon around 10 a.m. just outside Oakley when the SUV was rear-ended by a semi. The sixteen-year-old was rushed to Logan Co. Hospital where he passed away about an hour later.

The three other people in the SUV - Justin Buerge, 42; Trisha Buerge, 40; and 9-year-old Maxwell Buerge - all suffered serious injuries in the wreck and were also taken to Logan Co. Hospital, KHP said.

Investigators say their GMC Yukon was in the right lane of I-70 when it was struck from behind and spun. The driver’s side ended up pinned against a guardrail, while the semi came to rest on the shoulder.

The driver of the semi, 50-year-old Robery Goodine, of Bartlesville, Okla., was not injured in the crash.

KHP did not say if weather played a part in the crash. However, that stretch of I-70 was shut down approximately an hour after the crash because of weather conditions.

The Kansas Dept. of Transportation closed from Goodland to Colby around 10:45 a.m. and then extended closure to WaKeeney, which included the location of the wreck, soon afterwards. The highway has since reopened.