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Youngest son of Kansas sheriff dies in head-on, wrong-way crash on Wichita interstate

The view from this KDOT traffic camera shows backed up traffic after a crash involving a semi at I-135 and Hydraulic in south Wichita on Wednesday night.
The view from this KDOT traffic camera shows backed up traffic after a crash involving a semi at I-135 and Hydraulic in south Wichita on Wednesday night. Kansas Department of Transportation

The youngest son of a Kansas sheriff died in a head-on, wrong-way crash with a semi on an interstate highway in Wichita.

Emergency crews were called to northbound I-135 at Hydraulic, about 3 miles from the south interstate junction, at around 8 p.m. Wednesday, a Kansas Highway Patrol crash report states.

Luke A. Hoskins, 24, of Wichita, was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier southbound in the northbound lanes of I-135 when he crashed head-on into a semi, the crash report states. Hoskins was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Iowa man driving the semi was not injured.

Wabaunsee County Sheriff Rob Hoskins said in a post to the department’s Facebook page that Luke Hoskins was his youngest son.

“I humbly ask that you keep myself and my family and your thoughts and prayers as my faith is being tested as it is never been before,” the post said.

Original story:

One person is in very critical condition after a crash involving a semi in south Wichita, officials said.

The crash was reported at around 8 p.m. Wednesday in the northbound lanes of I-135 at Hydraulic, about two miles north of the south interstate junction. A Sedgwick County dispatch supervisor said one person was in very critical condition after the crash.

Emergency crews found a jackknifed semi in the median, according to scanner traffic.

The crash was dispatched a few minutes after a wrong-way driver in a black car was said to be going southbound in the northbound lanes of I-135, according to scanner traffic. A dispatch supervisor could not confirm whether the crash and wrong-way driver were connected.

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