Troopers: Sleeping Man Killed In Rest Stop Crash

By: KAKE News/Associated Press Email
By: KAKE News/Associated Press Email

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UPDATE: Friday, April 27, 2012

The Kansas Highway Patrol says one person is dead after a tractor-trailer slammed into a recreational vehicle at a rest area along Interstate 70.

The crash happened around 1 p.m. Thursday near Solomon in Saline.

Troopers say the semi was eastbound when it pulled into the rest area at a high rate of speed and slammed into the back of the parked RV. The motor home was pushed into a grassy area, where bystanders pulled two people from the vehicle before it caught fire.

Martin Bal, 67, of Pointblank, TX was killed. Joan Bal, 72, was taken to Salina Regional Health Center for treatment. The Bals were asleep in the motorhome at the time of the accident.

The truck driver, John Boteler of Shelby, Indiana was also treated for possible injuries.

I-70 was briefly closed in both directions.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Authorities are currently on the scene of a fatal accident at a rest area along I-70, just west of the Saline/Dickinson county line.

Saline County Sheriff's officials tell us that around 1:00 p.m., a semi truck drove into the Solomon rest area and rear-ended a motorhome.

KSAL Radio says the motorhome was knocked into a grassy area, where it caught fire. The semi jack-knifed but remained upright. One occupants of the motorhome was killed.

Two others were taken to a Salina hospital for treatment, one in critical condition.

Portions of I-70 east of Salina were closed while crews continue to work the scene. A chemical pesticide may also be involved, says KSAL.

No names have been released.

Photo courtesy of KSAL NewsRadio in Salina.

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