One driver lost his life and the other was injured in a two-vehicle crash on I-35 Saturday morning.
Officers from the Ottawa Police Department responded to the scene just after 5 a.m. Saturday and found two commercial vehicles with extensive damage blocking both northbound and southbound lanes of I-35. The Kansas Highway Patrol was called in to take over the crash investigation.
According to the highway patrol report, a 2009 box truck driven by Alfred Thomas Williams of Jonesboro, GA., drove off the road on I-35 at U.S. 59 highway and overcorrected coming back onto the road causing the vehicle to overturn.
As Williams was climbing out of the overturned truck, the vehicle was struck by a semi truck traveling southbound. The semi truck struck the rear of the box truck forcing it to rotate back into the guardrail and Williams was ejected off the top of the cab.
The semi truck continued southbound past U.S. 59 highway traveling east into the median striking a northbound lane guardrail where it jackknifed and came to a stop.
The driver of the semi truck, Sukhdarshan Sidhu of Grand Island, NY., was pronounced dead at the scene. Williams was transported to Ransom Memorial Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
Portions of I-35 were shutdown until nearly 4 p.m. Saturday as officers investigated the crash and the vehicles were removed.