Truck Driver Dies in Ellsworth County Crash

ELLSWORTH COUNTY – A truck driver was killed late Wednesday afternoon in a single vehicle crash in Ellsworth County.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, a 2009 Freightliner semi driven by Curtis D. Birt, 63, Shawnee, was traveling westbound on Interstate 70, about two miles west of K-156 Highway, when, for unknown reasons, the semi left the roadway into the north embankment, contined westbound until turning over on its passenger side, and coming to rest 200 feet north of the roadway.

Birt was pronounced dead at the scene and taken to an Ellsworth funeral home. He was not properly restrained at the time of the crash, according to the KHP report.

The crash occurred just after 4 p.m.