Trooper makes emotional plea for people to stay off icy roads after witnessing fatal crash


This tweet from Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Ben Gardner as he comes upon a serious crash on interstate 70 at mile marker 293 eastboud. Gardner calls the crash “devastating.”

The trooper was remarking about a deadly crash Tuesday on westbound Interstate 70 that killed a 19-year-old Hays woman identified as Ashlen Lemon. The Kansas Highway Patrol said Lemon was westbound on I-70 2 miles west of Junction City and lost control due to icy conditions. The troopers said Lemon entered the median and struck a guardrail. She was pronounced dead at Geary Community Hospital in Junction City.

This is video from a crash farther east of Trooper Ben near the Manhattan exit:

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