Name released in fatality crash in Montgomery County

Names were not released in post

According to the Kansas State Highway Patrol, Taylor Lee Edwards, 20, of Independence, has died after a single-vehicle crash in Montgomery County, Kansas.

Authorities say Edwards was driving a truck east on US 160 when the driver’s side tire blew out. The vehicle went into the west bound lane and into the ditch.

The KSHP says the truck rolled over multiple times on its passenger side, landing on all four tires.

The driver and passenger were thrown from the vehicle.

EMS took the passenger, Marty Ray Brown, 52, of Independence, to Freeman Hospital with a ‘suspected serious injury’, according to the crash report.

Authorities say the two were not wearing a safety restraint.

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Officials confirm the death of a temporary city worker in a one-vehicle truck accident east of Independence, Kansas today. Another worker was injured.

Independence Interim City Manager Kelly Passauer said the truck was driving east on U.S. 160 Highway en route to the county landfill when it left the roadway. It happened shortly after noon.

“Two workers, both temporary employees in the city’s Sanitation Department, were traveling in the vehicle. The second employee also was injured in the accident and was transported to a medical facility for care. His condition is unknown at this time,” posted the City.

“There are not enough words to fully express our sympathy to the family of the man who was lost today,” Passauer said. “We offer our deepest condolences upon his passing and prayers for strength and a full recovery for our injured team member.”

Passauer said, at this time, the cause of the accident is uncertain. She says the city will “work in full cooperation with law enforcement and all relevant regulatory agencies to thoroughly investigate the incident.”

The names have not been released.

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