Person walking on Turnpike near Topeka hit, killed by semi

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TOPEKA, Kan. -- A person walking on the Kansas Turnpike Friday night was hit and killed by a semi.

Kansas Turnpike Authority spokesperson Rachel Bell said the situation began just after 6:30 p.m. with a two-vehicle accident in the northbound lanes, about 10 miles south of the South Topeka toll plaza. She says it is believed two occupants from one of the vehicles got out, one of whom walked into traffic and was hit by an oncoming tractor trailer.

Bell said authorities continue to search for a second person involved in the initial accident. She says the Osage Co. Sheriff's Office is assisting in the search, because a driver reportedly spotted the person walking along the road in Osage Co. later in the night.

A total of five vehicles are involved in the situation, Bell said. One other person suffered a minor injury in the initial accident.

All lanes on both sides of the Turnpike were shut down for a short time as crews first responded to the scene. Southbound lanes of the Turnpike were reopened just before 8:30 p.m. Friday, but one northbound lane remained closed while authorities continued investigating.

Further details were not provided.

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