Fire shuts down Kansas Turnpike south of Wichita

Rodney Price
December 07, 2019 - 6:58 am
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A van that caught on fire overnight on the Kansas Turnpike completely shut down the southbound lanes of the roadway for about an hour.

It happened around 11:10 p.m., at mile marker 41 just south of the toll booths in south Wichita.  

According to Sedgwick County dispatch, the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames and at one point it exploded.

Just after Midnight, the Turnpike Authority was able to open the left lane and about 45 minutes later the entire roadway was back open.

At least one person was treated for burns.  There's no word on what caused the van to catch on fire.  

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