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UPDATE: Texas semi driver killed in Turnpike crash near Emporia

A semi crashed and caught fire on the Kansas Turnpike near Emporia on Tuesday, killing the driver.
 
The Kansas Highway Patrol says 58-year-old Thomas Andrew Sawyer of Temple, Texas, was southbound when he went off the highway at mile marker 119, about eight miles southwest of Emporia, just after 8:30 am. Sawyer's semi hit an embankment, overturned and caught fire.
 
Kansas Highway Patrol troopers and Lyon County deputies went to the scene to handle the crash investigation, while fire crews from Emporia, Olpe, Chase County and Matfield Green were also paged to that location to handle a grass fire that developed and spread northeast after the semi caught fire.
 
Sawyer was the only person in the truck, which was hauling plastic products for Downing Transportation out of Troy, Texas.
 
Authorities blocked the outside lane of traffic for nearly eight hours after the crash and fire.
 
3:15 pm Tuesday: Investigation continues following fatal semi crash on Kansas Turnpike
 
One person is dead following a fiery semi crash southwest of Emporia Tuesday morning.
 
Law enforcement and rescue crews from several agencies were called to Kansas Turnpike mile maker 119, eight miles southwest of Emporia, around 8:30 am after a semi crashed and caught fire, also leading to a grass fire north of the crash site. The Turnpike Authority has confirmed the semi went off the highway for unlisted reasons. The victim has not been identified. Crews had cleared the scene by 4:30 p.m.
 
Trooper Pat McCormack with the Kansas Highway Patrol says it's unknown if the driver had a medical incident that caused the crash. Those details won't be known until the coroner's report has been completed. The victim was found inside the cab. The truck belonged to Downing Transportation, Inc. out of Texas and was hauling plastics. 

Lyon County deputies and Kansas Highway Patrol have been investigating the crash. Also, firefighters and rescue units from Emporia, Olpe, Chase County and Matfield Green were initially called to help with the call.

 

10 a.m. Tuesday

The Kansas Turnpike Authority has confirmed one person has died as part of a crash and fire southwest of Emporia on Tuesday.

Law enforcement and rescue crews from several agencies were called to Kansas Turnpike mile maker 119, eight miles southwest of Emporia, around 8:30 am after a semi crashed and caught fire, also leading to a grass fire north of the crash site. The Turnpike Authority has confirmed the semi went off the highway for unlisted reasons. The victim was found inside the cab. With the investigation continuing into the entire incident, authorities have not released more information at this time.

Stay with KVOE, KVOE.com and KVOE social media through the day for updates.

9:40 am Tuesday:  Numerous agencies called to semi crash, related grass fire on Kansas Turnpike southwest of Emporia

Several law enforcement and fire departments are fighting a fire that developed on the Kansas Turnpike southwest of Emporia on Tuesday. 

Early indications are a semi crashed at mile marker 119, or roughly eight miles southwest of Emporia. The crash apparently led to a fire that destroyed the cab of the semi and also became a grass fire that spread north of the site.

Lyon County deputies and Kansas High Patrol have been on scene since before 9 am. Also, firefighters and rescue units from Emporia, Olpe, Chase County and Matfield Green were initially called to help with the call.

Further details well be released after the investigation is completed. Stay with KVOE and KVOE.com for details.