Monday, August 6, 2012

KCK employee killed in Topeka accident


A man working as a contract employee for a Kansas City, Kan., business was killed Sunday morning in Topeka, Kan.

Curtis Harlan, 22, was killed after a car hit him in a construction zone on Interstate 470 at around 6 a.m. Sunday morning.

He died at the scene. 

Harlan was an employee working for R.A. Knapp Construction, a KCK business hired by the Kansas Department of Transportation to work on a repair project on the highway.

It was the second accident involving a construction zone in Topeka. As a result, KDOT is urging travelers who use Kansas highways to be careful.

“Drivers, the heat is on and our crews are out working hard to improve our highways,”  said Kimberly Qualls, KDOT spokesperson. “Please give our workers plenty of room, be patient, focus on the road, and take it SLOW through the construction work zones.”

The cause of the accident remains under investigation by the Kansas Highway Patrol.