Wichita company mourns loss of employee killed in Greenwood County semi crash


A Wichita company released a statement Thursday afternoon, mourning the loss of one of its employees, identified as one of two men killed in the early-morning crash involving two semis in Greenwood County.

LDF Sales and Distributing says 35-year-old Darin Surridge shuttled cargo loads from the company's main warehouse in Wichita to a satellite warehouse in Parsons.

"(Surridge) came to work for LDF in 2013 and was an excellent driver with hundreds of thousands of miles driven with no tickets, accidents or incidents," the company said.

“Darin was an excellent employee, a real professional truck driver who was respected and liked by all his coworkers. He had a spotless driving record. His death is tragic and sad for both his family and his coworkers," LDF Senior Director of Human Resources Roger Bolton said.


3:06 p.m.

US-400 is back open in Greenwood County following a double fatal crash involving two semis.

The crash happened around 1:45 a.m. three miles east of Beaumont and 12 miles west of Severy.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says a 2016 CMV Freightliner driven by Marcos Rodriguez-Reyes, of Wichita, was westbound on U400 when it went left of the center line and struck an eastbound 2017 CMV Kenworth driven by Darin Kyle Surridge, of Parsons, head-on.

Both Rodriguez-Reyes and Surridge died in the crash.

The highway remained closed for most of the morning and early afternoon while the KHP Critical Highway Accident Response Team worked the crash.


9 a.m.

Two semi drivers were killed when their vehicles collided in Greenwood County early Thursday morning.

The crash happened around 1:30 a.m. on US 400 east of the Beaumont rest area.

Trooper Rick Wingate with the Kansas Highway Patrol says the highway will remain closed at mile marker 324 and advises drivers to take K-99 or Flinthills Road to avoid the crash.

He says a tow truck is in the process of pulling the semi trucks apart, and the KHP Critical Highway Accident Response Team is on the scene.

Highway 400 will remain closed for most of the morning.

The Kansas Highway Patrol is working a crash in Greenwood County involving two semis.

The Greenwood County Sheriff's office says the crash is located on US 400 Highway, east of the Beaumont rest area.

KHP confirms they are on the scene and the road will likely remain closed through the morning.

KVOE reports US 400 is closed in both directions for 20 miles around the crash site -- from Flint Hills Road in Butler County to Kansas Highway 99.