Topeka-native & cycling champion Steve Tilford killed in Colo. wreck

Published: Apr. 5, 2017 at 10:01 AM CDT
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Topeka-native and international cycling champion Steve Tilford has reportedly died following a car crash in eastern Utah early Wednesday morning.

The Utah Highway Patrol says Tilford was killed after the crash along I-70 in Utah shortly after midnight.

Authorities say Tilford was heading east in a Mercedes Sprinter when he struck a semi truck and trailer that had tipped on its side.

In a post on the US Mountain Bike hall of famer's website, Vincent Davis said they were involved in a wreck on I-70 in Grand County, Utah.

Davis said he and Tilford were " hurt but fine" after a crash, but were more seriously injured when another semi collided with them. Davis said he suffered a fractured sternum in the wreck.

Officials say Tilford was walking around the crash when the other semi truck failed to see the disabled vehicles and crashed into them.

Last June, Tilford was inducted into the Topeka Shawnee Hall of Fame, which at the time offered a biography of his accomplishments.