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Man identified in fatal crash near K-42, West Street

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at 10:12 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at 7:52 a.m.


A 52-year-old Wichita man died Tuesday when his Jeep SUV was crushed by a semitrailer truck pulling a double trailer at the intersection of K-42 and West Street in southwest Wichita.

Witnesses said Stephen Burke ran a red light while traveling east on K-42 and hit the second of the semi’s trailers shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday, Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Ryan Tauer said. The SUV became wedged beneath the semi, which was headed south on West Street, and was caught under a rear axle; it was then dragged 20 or 30 feet before the semi was able to stop, Tauer said.

The driver of the semi, 52-year-old Tommy Landrum of Wichita, was unhurt.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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