Man dies from injuries in Sedgwick County accident with semi-truck

A 58-year-old Sedgwick man died at the hospital from injuries in a wreck Tuesday night in northwest Sedgwick County after he collided with a semi and was submerged in a pond, officials said Wednesday morning.

At around 7:50 p.m., a 2001 Buick LeSabre driven north by Clifford Bliss was on 167th Street West and ran a stop sign at 109th Street North, according to an accident report from the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office. The vehicle was hit by a westbound semi-truck driven by 37-year-old Jeffery Dirks, officials say. The Sheriff’s Office said both vehicles left the road and Bliss’ became “fully submerged in a pond.”

Lt. Tim Myers said Bliss was submerged with the car before being rescued by firefighters. Bliss was stabilized before being transported to Ascension Via Christi St. Francis where he later died. Marijuana was found in Bliss’ car but officers don’t yet know if he was under the influence of any drugs or alcohol, Myers said.

Dirks, of Halstead, was not injured.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.