Fort Riley soldier killed in Geary County accident

Geary County Crash (Courtesy: Kansas Highway Patrol)

GEARY COUNTY, Kansas – A Fort Riley soldier was killed in a motor vehicle accident early Thursday morning near Junction City.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reports the accident happened at 3:35 a.m. on Highway 77, about 9.5 miles north of Junction City.

The KHP says a 2008 Ford F-150 was southbound on Highway 77 and a Freightliner semi-truck was north bound. The driver of the F-150 left the west edge of the roadway entered a ditch and then over corrected coming back onto the highway causing the semi-truck to strike the F-150 on the passenger side.

The driver of the F-150, identified as 26-year-old Thomas J. Packer of Tama, Iowa, was pronounced dead at the scene. The Kansas Highway Patrol says Packer was a soldier in Fort Riley. Packer was not wearing a seat belt.

The driver of the semi-truck was taken to Geary Community Hospital with possible injuries. He was wearing a seat belt.

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