WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — A semitractor-trailer crashed off U.S. Highway 54 and into the Ninnescah River near Cheney Wednesday morning. Sedgwick County Fire District 1 hazmat crews were called to clean up spilled fuel.
The Kansas Highway Patrol said the crash happened around 3 a.m. near 383rd Street West. The 40-year-old driver from California was westbound on U.S. 54. Troopers say that as he approached the bridge over the north fork of the Ninnescah River, the truck drifted into the center median and struck a guardrail. The truck continued in the median and vaulted into the river.
First responders became aware of the crash around 4:30 a.m. when someone called 911 to request that they check the welfare of a person at 383rd West and U.S. 54. Crews found the crash scene and took the driver to the hospital in serious condition.
U.S. 54 was down to one lane in both directions while workers cleared the scene.