2 Kansas men killed when semi trucks collide head-on

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BEAUMONT, Kan. (KAKE) -

Two men have died after their semi trucks collided early Thursday morning in eastern Kansas. 

The accident happened at around 1:40 a.m. on U.S. 400 on the western edge of in Greenwood County, just east of Beaumont. The Kansas Highway Patrol says a Freightliner driven by 32-year-old Marcus Rodriguez-Reyes veered into oncoming traffic and hit an oncoming Kenworth big rig head-on.

Rodriguez-Reyes, of Wichita, and the other driver, 35-year-old Darin Surridge, of Parsons, died at the scene.

It wasn't immediately clear why Rodriguez-Reyes crossed the center line.

The highway was closed for hours while first responders investigated. It has reopened. 

Surridge worked for LDF Sales and Distributing. The company released the following statement:

Darin Surridge, 35, shuttled cargo loads from the main warehouse in Wichita to a satellite warehouse in Parsons, KS. He came to work for LDF in 2013 and was an excellent driver with hundreds of thousands of miles driven with no tickets, accidents, or incidents.  

Roger Bolton, LDF senior director of human resources said, “Darin was an excellent employee, a real professional truck driver who was respected and liked by all his coworkers. He had a spotless driving record. His death is tragic and sad for both his family and his coworkers.”


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Two people have died after two semi trucks collide in southeast Kansas.

The crash happened at around 2 a.m. Thursday on U.S. 400 on the western edge of in Greenwood County, just east of Beaumont .

The Kansas Highway Patrol said two semi trucks crashed into each other and the road would be shut down as authorities worked the scene. 

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

We will continue to follow this story and provide updates when we know more.

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