Update: Man dies from injuries in traffic accident and submersion


WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – One man is dead after a vehicle crash and submersion northwest of Wichita.

A semi hauling a trailer crashed into 58-year-old Clifford Bliss’ car Tuesday evening at 109th Street North and 167th West. That is about one mile west of Bentley.

After the impact, both the semi and the car landed in a drainage pond at the intersection. The entire driver’s side of the car was under water. Bliss had to be rescued. The driver of the semi was able to get out on his own.

When Bliss was pulled from the water, he was not breathing.

“EMS and fire worked on him and they got him back,” said Lt. David Hein, Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office.

Bliss was taken to a hospital in critical condition. He later died. Bliss is from Sedgwick.

Hein says the semi truck and trailer had been to Bentley to drop off a load of grain at the elevator. The truck was westbound on 109th St. North. Hein says it had the right of way.

The car was northbound on 167th. Hein says it appears the car did not stop at the stop signs.

The accident remains under investigation.



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