TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Emergency crews worked the scene of a deadly crash Wednesday evening on Interstate 70 near downtown Topeka. The highway will be shut down in both directions between MacVicar and 10th for an unknown amount of time.
As of 6:30 p.m., Topeka police and the Kansas Highway Patrol had shut down I-70 westbound heading towards downtown, directing all cars off the highway at the Southwest MacVicar Avenue exit.
KHP Trooper Don Hughes told KSNT News at least seven vehicles were involved in the crash. One person died and at this time other injuries are not known.
The person who died was identified as Brooke Rees, 29, of Manhattan.
Photos captured on scene by a witness showed multiple vehicles involved in the crash, and a semi headed eastbound lost a load of pipes.
Google Traffic shows a crash report on I-70 near the Southeast 10th Avenue exit. Witnesses report multiple cars are involved in the crash, and a photo shows it is mainly blocking the westbound lanes.
The Northeast Kansas Department of Transportation said westbound I-70 is closed at 8th Street in Topeka, and confirmed someone died in the crash.