Man killed in Turnpike flash flood identified

Kansas Turnpike Flooding (Photo courtesy Emporia Gazette)

LYON COUNTY, Kan. –  The Kansas Highway Patrol has identified the person killed when flash floodwaters swept over the Kansas Turnpike south of Emporia Friday afternoon.

KHP identifies the victim as 21-year-old Zachary Clark of Keller, Texas.

The Patrol said at about 5:00 p.m. Friday Clark’s vehicle was traveling northbound near mile post 118, or about 12 miles south of Emporia, when his car hydroplaned on the wet surface.  KHP said Clark lost control of his car, causing it to enter an area of rapidly moving floodwater in the northbound ditch.

Witnesses reported seeing Clark trying to get out of his car as it was being swept away.

A search of the area by Lyon County deputies, Emporia’s Water Rescue Team and the Kansas Highway Patrol recovered Clark’s body more than an hour later.

KHP troopers briefly closed the northbound lanes of the Turnpike following the accident.  All lanes were reopened later Friday evening.

Click or touch here to view the photos of the flash flood on the Kansas Turnpike.


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