UPDATE: Turnpike accident victim identified

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MATFIELD GREEN, Kan. -- UPDATE -- An Arkansas man was killed in an accident at a Kansas Turnpike service area. The accident happened late Tuesday at the Matfield Green service area.

The Kansas Turnpike Authority said John Armintrout, 65, of Bee Branch, Arkansas, was driving a small pickup truck. The truck entered the service area at speeds of 75 miles per hour and struck a pole, then a semi trailer.

Investigators do not believe alcohol was a factor in the crash. The Kansas Highway Patrol is looking into several possible causes, including distracted driving, sleepiness or a medical condition.

The Kansas Highway Patrol is investigating a deadly car crash at the Matfield Green Service Area on the Kansas Turnpike.

A small pickup truck was entering the service area at speeds, likely at 75 miles an hour, when it slammed into a parked semi truck, said KHP Master Trooper Chris Markham.

The accident happened around 9 p.m. Tuesday. The pickup truck driver, in his 60's, was killed in the collision. No other people were hurt.

Moments before the crash, the KHP did get a call from a driver who witnessed someone struggling on the road.

"We have one witness that observed the vehicle having trouble maintaining a single lane prior to entering the service area," Markham said. "Nobody that actually witness the collision."

Markham said he does not believe alcohol was a factor in the crash. He said the KHP is looking into several possible causes, including distracted driving, sleepiness or a medical condition.

An autopsy may help them find those answers.

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One person has died after a small pickup hit a parked semi just inside the Matfield Green service area on the Kansas Turnpike.

Emergency crews are on the scene in the northbound lanes of the Turnpike.

This is a developing story. Stay with KAKE News for updates.


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