LYON COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office has identified the person killed Monday in a crash near Emporia. It happened around 4 a.m.
Officials said a semi was traveling east on U.S. 50 when it struck a bridge railing. It continued east into a south ditch where it rolled and came to a rest on its top and side. The driver, Michael D. Happel of Lexington Nebraska, was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to the sheriff’s office, Happel was wearing a seatbelt.
The accident caused the westbound lanes of U.S. Highway 50 to be closed early Monday morning while crews worked the scene.
The highway was back open around 7:30 a.m.