KHP releases name of semi driver killed in turnpike crash

(Courtesy: KVOE)
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EMPORIA, Kan. (WIBW) — Kansas Highway Patrol has identified the semi driver killed in a rollover wreck Tuesday morning on the Kansas Turnpike near the Lyon/Chase county line.

KHP says Thomas Sawyer, 58, was driving southbound on I-35 around 8:30 a.m. when his semi left the road about eight miles south of Emporia. The tractor-trailer struck an embankment, overturned and caught fire.

KVOE Radio reported the crash caused a fire, destroying the cab of the tractor-trailer and sparked a grass fire nearby.

The wreck closed the right lane of southbound I-35 while crews worked the scene.

(Courtesy: KVOE)