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UPDATE: Driver who hit toll booth might have been asleep

By: Associated Press / KAKE News - Email
By: Associated Press / KAKE News - Email
The company that hired a Colorado man who died when he hit a toll plaza on the Kansas Turnpike says it appears the man was asleep at the wheel.

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- The company that hired a Colorado man who died when he hit a toll plaza on the Kansas Turnpike says it appears the man was asleep at the wheel.

However, The Kansas Highway Patrol says the cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Thirty-year-old Sergiy Angelchev of Auroro, Colo., died Saturday when his tractor-trailer hit the toll booth on westbound Interstate 70 in Leavenworth County. A passenger in the truck is hospitalized in critical condition.

The toll plaza was not staffed at the time of the accident.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports (http://bit.ly/QF9MHP ) that Angelchev's manager for Eastern Freight Solutions says photos taken just before the crash appear to show him sleeping. He had driven about 955 miles in two days when the accident occurred.


Previous story:

One man is dead and another is in critical condition after a semi crashed early Saturday morning on the Kansas Turnpike.

Dispatchers said that around 3 a.m., the semi crashed into a tollbooth on westbound I-70 near milepost 217 in Leavenworth County.

The Kansas Highway Patrol said the truck hit the empty tollbooth at highway speeds and apparently had not slowed down. The truck's engine landed about 50 yards from the booth.

The driver was ejected and died at the scene. He has been identified as 30-year-old Sergiy Angelchev of Aurora, Colorado. The other man, identified as 25-year-old Roman Ilyaich was flown to a local hospital. He's currently listed in critical condition.

The crash is still under investigation.


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