Yuriy Lenden Killed in Accident at Kansas Turnpike near Emporia, KS

March 6, 2023
Victim's Name(s)
Yuriy Lenden
Type of Accident
Commercial Truck
Alcohol/Drugs Suspected

Where it Happened

Kansas Turnpike, Emporia, KS, USA

Additional Information

Investigating Officer or Authority
Kansas Highway Patrol
Vehicles Involved
Kansas Turnpike
Injuries Sustained

Fatal injuries

Apparent/Alleged Cause of Accident

Semi-Truck veered from the road and collided with a second semi-truck in a shoulder lane

What Happened

Kansas Highway Patrol officials are investigating a collision that killed one person at Kansas Turnpike near Emporia, KS on March 6th, 2023. Police say the incident happened around 10:15 p.m. According to investigators, a semi-truck operated by 28-year-old Darrien Lorenzo Williams was parked in a shoulder. A second truck operated by 35-year-old Yuriy Mendel is said to have veered from the road, colliding with the rear of the parked truck. It was not made clear what a possible cause may have been for the collision. Police confirmed Mendel suffered fatal injuries while Williams had minor injuries. Additional information was not immediately available.

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