Waverly man dies in U.S. 75 accident Wednesday morning

A Waverly man died in a two-car accident that closed U.S. Highway 75 for about four hours Wednesday morning.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported this morning that Brian Warren Bender, 27, Waverly, was killed in the accident that happened at 6:44 a.m. Wednesday, about .1 mile north of the U.S. 75 and Highway 31/Highway 268 junction, or about 1.5 miles north of Lyndon.

KHP reports that a 1994 Mazda truck driven by Bryan Lee Turpin, 34, Emporia, was northbound on U.S. 75, when the vehicle began to fishtail and traveled into the path of oncoming southbound traffic. The truck was struck on the passenger side by a southbound 2005 Ford Econoline van driven by James William McNutt, 52, Topeka.

Bender, who was a passenger in the Mazda, died at the scene. Turpin was reported as injured and transported to Stormont Vail Hospital, in Topeka. Neither Bender nor Turpin were wearing safety restraints. McNutt was wearing a seatbelt; he was reported as uninjured.

The highway intersection near the accident scene is currently a work zone with the ongoing construction of a traffic roundabout.

The Kansas Department of Transportation reported the highway was closed at 7 a.m. Wednesday and reopened at 11 a.m.

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