Semi crashing into Kansas Turnpike tollbooth kills Aurora man, injures another

A semi tractor-trailer crashed into an unmanned tollbooth on the Kansas Turnpike March 29, 2014, killing an Aurora man and injuring the passenger. (Photo: WDAF)

A semi tractor-trailer crashed into an unmanned tollbooth on the Kansas Turnpike March 29, 2014, killing an Aurora man and injuring the passenger. (Photo: WDAF)

TONGANOXIE, Kan. — An Aurora man was killed and another injured after their semi tractor-trailer crashed into an unattended tollbooth on the Kansas Turnpike early Saturday.

The accident occurred on westbound Interstate 70 in Leavenworth County near Tonganoxie, Kan. at about 3 a.m. Saturday, according to WDAF.

The Kansas Highway Patrol told the newspaper that the semi was traveling at highway speeds and did not slow down before the collision. The truck jack-knifed around the divider, and the impact sent the vehicle’s engine about 50 yards from the tollbooth. It also ejected the driver, who was declared dead on the scene.

A second victim was seriously injured in the accident.

No one was in the tollbooth.

According to an accident report by the Kansas Turnpike Authority, the two occupants of the semi where from Aurora.

The report listed Sergiy Angelchev, 30, as the driver of the truck, who was not wearing a seat belt and was killed in the crash. Roman Ilyaich, 25, was listed as an injured passenger — the report said Ilyaich was also not using a seat belt.

Master Trooper Mike Gruber of the Kansas Highway Patrol Turnpike Authority told WDAF he has never seen a crash at a toll plaza like this in the five years he has worked on the turnpike.

The crash prompted authorities to close two of the three entry lanes to the turnpike to conduct an investigation, said a Kansas Turnpike official.