I-135 reopens after semi hauling ammonia overturns at North Junction

Published: Oct. 9, 2019 at 9:24 PM CDT
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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Northbound I-135 reopened Thursday morning after a semi truck hauling anhydrous ammonia overturned at Wichita's North Junction.

The crash happened around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday near where I-235 and I-135 meet.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says the semi was northbound on I-135 when the driver side front tire blew out. The semi went off the road, struck a guardrail, then hit a 2005 Lexus. The semi then overturned and slid 100 yards before coming to a stop.

KHP says the semi driver, a 50-year-old man, was taken to the hospital with a possible serious injury. The driver of the Lexus was not hurt.

The north junction was closed for hours while crews worked to clear the scene.


One person suffers serious, but non life-threatening injuries and a hazmat crew responds to the scene after a tank truck tips at Wichita's North Junction where Interstate 135 and I-235 meet.

The crash and response shut down northbound I-135 north of K-96. Sedgwick County dispatch says it happened about 8:30 p.m. The truck involved in the crash was hauling a tank of anhydrous ammonia.

About two hours after the crash, as a precaution, the Sedgwick County Fire Department advised people living within a mile of the North Junction to shelter in place (stay inside) for three to four hours as crews worked to clear the scene.

Sedgwick County says residents in the area might smell the ammonia from the leak, but "there is no immediate harm to the area."

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