Driver killed in plunge off of I-235 bridge

A 44-year-old man died this morning after his Ford Taurus struck a guard rail on I-235 and plunged over the bridge to a ditch along K-42 below.

The Kansas Highway Patrol identified the man as Ricky Powell from Valley Center. Powell was ejected from the car.

A driver passing by saw the vehicle about 9:00 a.m. and called 911.

The accident occurred sometime after 6:45 a.m., according to the Highway Patrol.

It's not known why the vehicle, which was heading north on I-235, went off the road, Trooper Bruce Lockhart said.

_ Molly McMillin