Editor’s note: This story has been changed to reflect breaking news updates from authorities.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — A pickup crashed off Interstate 135 near 13th Street North in Wichita around 4 p.m. Thursday. Southbound traffic lanes were affected for more than an hour, but they reopened as of 5:10 p.m.
The Kansas Highway Patrol said the pickup was going at a high rate of speed at a time of day when traffic is starting to slow. Troopers say the pickup clipped a couple of vehicles before crashing off the interstate. It landed along the bank of the canal.
Teddie Nolen was nearby and went to help.
“We heard a loud boom, and I looked outside, and I thought it was on the corner somewhere. So, we ran to the back, and this truck had flipped over off the highway,” Nolen said. “So, we had to get him out of there, and my friend opened the door, and I pulled him out of there to safety.”
The driver, a 47-year-old Wichita man, was taken to Via Christi St. Francis Hospital with minor injuries. The KHP says the people in the vehicles that were clipped were not injured.
While troopers worked the crash scene, traffic on I-135 southbound backed up as far north as the I-235 interchange. The southbound lanes at 21st Street North were at a standstill.