Texas woman killed in Osage Co. crash, KDOT worker hurt in related wreck

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LYNDON, Kan. (WIBW) -- A Texas woman was killed Monday morning in a wreck in Osage Co. that led to Kansas Dept. of Transportation worker being injured.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, Patricia Falconer was heading north on I-35 around 5:30 a.m. when she went off the road about 2.5 miles north of the U.S. 75 interchange.

Her 1999 Ford Explorer went into the median before swerving back across the roadway and into the other ditch, KHP's crash report said. The 52-year-old Falconer over-corrected and her SUV rolled several times before coming to a rest.

She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her passenger, 27-year-old Jeffrey Cadman, was seriously hurt and rushed to the hospital for treatment.

Investigators have not determined why she went off the road.

About ninety minutes later, a KDOT truck that was parked in the right lane, helping direct traffic around the wreck, was struck by a tractor-trailer.

A separate crash report indicated the worker, Christopher Staley, of Williamsburg, was taken to Coffey Co. Hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the semi, Morris Guesby, of Lawrence, told troopers he was experiencing some pain after the crash, but he did not go to the hospital.