Dump truck carrying asphalt overturns in KCK

A dump truck carrying a load of asphalt overturned on Interstate 635 after the driver tried to avoid a pedestrian who was walking in the middle of the highway.

At about 10 a.m. Thursday, the dump truck was northbound on I-635 near K-5, just north of 34th Street in Kansas City, Kan., when it went off the side of the road and overturned. Hot asphalt was spilled on the shoulder and alongside the road.

Investigators later determined a pedestrian, a 25-year-old man who was intoxicated, was in the middle of the interstate. The driver of the asphalt truck crashed when he tried to avoid hitting the pedestrian.

A spokesman with the Kansas Highway Patrol had initially reported the driver of a dump truck had been arrested for DUI after the wreck, and NBC Action News reported that information. That information was later corrected by authorities in an online crash report. The driver was not intoxicated, and he is being hailed as a hero by co-workers for avoiding the pedestrian.

The pedestrian, who was initially a passenger in another nearby vehicle, was not hurt.

The asphalt truck driver was taken to a hospital and is expected to recover from his injuries.