FRANKLIN COUNTY — One person died in an accident just after 5:30a.m. Tuesday in Franklin County.
The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 1995 Ford F150 driven by Yaple, John Brian Yaple, 47, Harrisonville, Missouri, was westbound on Kansas 68 seven miles east of Ottawa. The pickup rear-ended a semi that jackknifed.
The semi driver Christopher James Erion, 30, Montevideo, MN, reported he had been traveling at highway speeds westbound on Kansas 68 when a deer ran out from the north running to the south.
After striking the deer, he pressed the brakes which locked up causing the truck and trailer to jackknife.
The truck and tractor went into the eastbound lanes and struck the guardrail causing the vehicle to jackknife on the bridge between Utah and Vermont.
The semi was wedged on the bridge between guardrails at the time of the crash.
Yaple was pronounced dead at the scene. Erion was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident and transported to Ransom Memorial Hospital, according to the KHP.