Off-duty Topeka police officer one of two killed Tuesday in head-on crash on US-75

By Savanna Maue
Topeka Capital Journal – May 30, 2018

Photo by Savanna Maue

Two people were killed — one an off-duty Topeka Police Department officer — in a wrong-way, head-on collision Tuesday afternoon just north of Topeka, authorities said.

The crash was reported around 2:13 p.m. Tuesday in the 6700 block of N.W. US-75 highway, Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Stephen LaRow said on scene at the crash.

In addition to the two men killed, another person was seriously injured, he said. No names were being released late Tuesday.

The two killed were men, and they were the drivers of the vehicles. The injured person was a female passenger in the vehicle that was driving in the correct lane. She was transported to Stormont Vail with injuries believed to be serious but not life-threatening.

“We appreciate the community’s support and ask for a time to process our grief in this devastating situation,” the TPD said in a release.

The crash involved two silver sport utility vehicles that collided head-on.

One of the SUVs was traveling north in the southbound lanes of traffic on the divided highway.

The highway is four lanes where the crash occurred, two lanes going north and two south.

All southbound traffic was blocked on US-75 in the area, and authorities were re-routing cars back onto northbound US-75.

Traffic was being rerouted at southbound US-75 and N.W. 86th around the scene of the wreck. If they’re coming southbound, LaRow said, they’re going to go a mile west (at 86th), a mile south and back onto 75.

Authorities expected road closure on the highway into the late afternoon.

Authorities were investigating the cause and notifying next of kin.

Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office, American Medical Response and Soldier Township fire crews were also on scene.


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