One Killed In Rest Area Crash
Todd Pittenger - Thu 03:16 PM 04/26/2012
UPDATED 4-26-12 10:15 PM
One person is killed in a fiery crash at a rest area near Solomon on Interstate 70 Thursday afternoon.
Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Ben Gardener says that a semi headed east exited into the Solomon Rest Area. The semi rear-ended a motor home that was parked at the rest area.
The motor home was knocked into a grassy area, where it caught fire. The semi jack-knifed, but remained upright.
According to the KHP, two people were sleeping in the motor home. They were 67-year-old Martin Bal and and 72-year-old Joan Bal, both from Pointblank, Texas. Martin was killed in the crash. Joan was hurt, and was transported to Salina Regional Health Center.
The driver of the semi is identified as 68-year-old John Boteler, from Shelby, Indiana. He was hurt, and was transported to Salina Regional Health Cneter.
I 70 was closed in both directions for a short period of time as the fire burned because there were reports that a pesticide chemical was possibly involved.
The crash happened at around 1:15 Thursday afternoon.