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Driver tried to pass semi as lane ended, leading to deadly crash near Eureka, KHP says

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A driver tried to pass a semi as the lane ended, leading to a deadly crash on a highway in southeast Kansas, state troopers said.

Emergency crews were called just before 4 p.m. Tuesday to a fatal traffic accident on U.S. 54 in Greenwood County, Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Rick Wingate said on Twitter. The crash involved a commercial motor vehicle and a passenger car.

Greenwood County Emergency Management officials said in a Facebook post that the wreck has caused the highway to be closed to both directions of travel from Eureka city limits east to the K-99 south junction.

Investigators determined the car and a semi were both eastbound leaving Eureka, according to a Kansas Highway Patrol crash report. The car’s driver tried to pass the semi in the farthest right lane. The lane came to an end, the car went onto the gravel shoulder, over-corrected to the left and drove in front of the semi.

The car then crossed the center line of the highway into the westbound lane, where a second semi was westbound, troopers said. That semi’s driver attempted to avoid a crash, but struck the car’s passenger side.

The driver of the car was taken to Greenwood County Hospital, where she died. She was identified in the report as 50-year-old Anita Lucy, of Salem, Arkansas. No other injuries were reported.

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