Missouri man dies in I-470 tanker fire


TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – One person has died after a tanker drove off I-470 near Topeka, sparking a fire Friday morning.

Kansas Highway Patrol said that the driver of the vehicle was Johnnie Robert Odell, 50, of Buckner Missouri. He was killed in the crash.

Officers on scene said the tanker left I-470 between the east and south Topeka turnpikes. Police, fire and hazmat crews are working to determine the cause of the crash, and emergency crews have blocked both eastbound lanes and one westbound lane.

Crews finished putting out the tanker fire around 10 a.m.

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