I-70 back open near Manhattan after semi-trucks crash


RILEY COUNTY, Kan. (KSNT) – Kansas Highway Patrol Troopers have been working several crashes on I-70 near Manhattan.

Late Sunday morning several crashes, including semi-trucks being jackknifed across the road near mile-markers 316 and 317 created significant back ups.

I-70 from K-99 west to Manhattan was closed for hours but opened back up around 6:30 p.m.

Karen Griffin was driving with her husband through the area. She said they were stuck in traffic for 7 hours.

Griffin said they felt lucky that they had some food in their car, and they were parked right next to a camper that was nice enough to let drivers use the restroom while they were all stuck.

Overall she said the experience was definitely inconvenient and even a bit scary.

“The traffic ahead of us just came to a complete stop which was a little scary, because it was so sudden and there was trucks coming up behind us and other vehicles. We actually saw an 18 wheeler that could not stop. It had veered off into the median so it wouldn’t hit anybody and it came driving past us on the median,” Griffin said. “Don’t want to do that any time again soon.”

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