An Oklahoma trucker lost his life in Kansas last night when he got stuck after jackknifing his truck and then succumbed to smoke inhalation from a wildfire.
According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, 39 year old truck driver Corey P. Holt was headed north on K-34 near Ashland around 5:30 p.m.
A nearby wildfire led to poor visibility on the interstate, so troopers say that Holt attempted to back his truck up. His truck went off the road and jackknifed during the backup attempt.
With his truck immobilized, Holt got out and had succumbed to the heavy smoke from the wildfire before he was found.
Holt was taken to the hospital, where he later died.
Two passenger vehicles crashed into the disabled semi. Three adults and three children were injured in the crashes.
Wildfires have burned 625 acres of land in Kansas. They are also burning in portions of Texas, Oklahoma, and Colorado. Thousands of people have been forced to evacuate.