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.
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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