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Man found dead in burning truck in Tonganoxie

A man was reportedly found dead early Thursday morning in a burning truck in Tonganoxie in Leavenworth County.

According to media reports, Tonganoxie firefighters were called to Tonganoxie Drive near Front Street just after 12:45 a.m. on reports of a vehicle fire under the U.S. 24/40 bridge. A Leavenworth County Sheriff’s deputy was first to arrive and reported the truck was engulfed in flames.

Officials said witnesses reported two vehicles were speeding down County Road 5 Thursday when the truck driver lost control and slammed into concrete highway pillars. The truck burst into flames.

Firefighters extinguished the fire and found a person dead inside the vehicle.

The Kansas Highway Patrol and Tonganoxie police are investigating. Police believe that two vehicles were speeding when the truck lost control, crashed into the bridge and caught fire.

A second vehicle reportedly left the scene.

Keith Robison, The Star

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