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University of Kansas professor is killed in wreck

A night scene of the Campanile on the University of Kansas campus.
A night scene of the Campanile on the University of Kansas campus. The Kansas City Star

The victim of a two-vehicle wreck Tuesday south of Lawrence has been identified as a University of Kansas professor.

Alexander G. Tsiovkh, 63, of Lawrence, was director of Ukrainian studies and an associate professor of practice in the KU Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies. He was a native of Lviv in western Ukraine.

“His scholarship and knowledge of Ukraine helped enlighten discussions on an area of the world that has been at the center of international attention,” KU chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said Wednesday in a written statement.

According to Kansas Highway Patrol reports, Tsiovkh was driving a Mazda Tribute west on Kansas 10 just east of East 1200 Road about 4 p.m. when his vehicle crossed into the eastbound lanes and collided head-on with a tractor-trailer.

The 34-year-old driver of the truck was taken to the University of Kansas Hospital. The extent of his injuries was not available. Both drivers wore seat belts, according to the Highway Patrol.

| Glenn E. Rice, grice@kcstar.com

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