Highway 50 back open in Finney County after deadly crash, ammonia leak


Highway 50 in Finney County is back open following a deadly crash Wednesday night.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, a semi carrying anhydrous ammonia was stopped at the Railroad Crossing and was traveling west bound and had its flashers on.

A 2017 Ford Explorer tried to make an avoidance maneuver and rear-ended the semi, which caused the tanker to lose the anhydrous ammonia.

The Explorer came to a rest on the outside lane across the center line facing southwest. The semi came to rest on the westbound shoulder.

The driver of the Explorer, 56-year-old Janet Pucket, was killed in the crash.

The driver of the semi was not hurt.

KHP says drivers and residents no longer have to worry about toxic air because it has all cleared out.

A busy stretch of Highway 50 in Finney County is closed after a deadly truck crash that led to an unsafe health situation.

Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Mike Racy says the crash caused the truck to leak anhydrous ammonia.

Racy said people in the area north of the intersection were smelling the anhydrous ammonia outside and were being told to stay inside until the scene is clear.

Officials shut down both roads in the area for safety concerns.

The Sheriff's Office says firefighters contained the leak but have not plugged it.

If you live north or south of the crash you should stay inside and avoid the area.

Authorities have not identified the person who died.