Teen dies in accident in Anderson County

Elias Hubbard
December 17, 2017

An Independence teenager was killed Friday night in a vehicle crash involving a semi.

Troopers say the accident happened just before 10 p.m. Friday in Anderson County two miles south of Welda on U-169.

KHP says a semi was headed northbound when it left the roadway to the east, traveling through the grass.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2001 Freightliner semi driven by Thomas Nguyen, 42, Houston, TX., was northbound on US 169 two miles south of Welda.

He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Phares was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

The driver of the semi-truck and his passenger did not suffer any injuries.

Police said both drivers were wearing their seat belts. The auto hit an embankment on the east side of the roadway, causing the vehicle to roll and eject the driver.

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