I-70 Fatal Accident


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Update 10:30 a.m. Monday morning:

The victim of a fatal crash KMAN first told you about Sunday afternoon has been identified as 31 year old Samantha Coleman of Abilene.

Coleman was the driver of a 2003 Chevy Trailblazer broken down on the side of I-70, and was outside the vehicle at the time she was struck.

The driver of the other vehicle involved, a 2012 Ford pickup, has been identified as 38 year old Daniel Nitchman. The Kansas Highway patrol indicates Nitchman fell asleep, causing the truck to drift off the road into the north ditch, striking Coleman.

The actual time of the accident is unknown, but it was reported shortly before 4:30 Sunday afternoon. The accident occured at milepost 321 westbound, or seven miles east of I-70/s junction with K-177.


Update 5:30 a.m. Monday morning:

Still no name, but an accident on I-70 in Riley County is listed as a fatality.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reports the accident occurred at milepost 321 westbound, seven miles east of the I-70/K-177 junction.

A vehicle was parked on the north shoulder of I-70 westbound due to a tire with a separated tread. The driver of that vehicle had exited the vehicle and was standing in the north ditch next to it, when another westbound vehicle drifted off the road into the ditch, striking that person. The driver of the moving vehicle reportedly fell asleep.

The accident was reported shortly before 4:30 Sunday afternoon.


KMAN received word of an injury accident on I-70 around 4:45 Sunday afternoon.

The accident is said to have occurred in the westbound lane near mile marker 321, and involved a trail blazer.  Early reports stated there was possibly a body in the ditch.

Konza Fire and Zeandale Fire were both dispatched to the scene to assist with possible Lifestar, but were canceled a few short minutes after.

No further details are available at this time, and dispatch could not comment as they are busy working the accident.

KMAN will continue to bring your further information as details emerge.


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