A Hays woman was killed Monday morning in a two-vehicle accident near an Interstate 70 exit ramp off Vine Street in Hays.
Luverna K. Schmeidler, 87, was transported to Hays Medical Center, according to an accident report from the Kansas Highway Patrol. She was later pronounced dead. She had been wearing her seat belt.
The accident occurred when Schmeidler's 2003 Mercury Sable entered the eastbound exit off-ramp near Vine Street, traveling westbound. She was struck head-on by a 2013 Volvo semi, which was traveling east. The two collided near milepost marker 159 eastbound, just before the Vine Street exit.
The truck driver, Vladimir Ivanov, O'Fallon, Mo., was not injured.
The accident occurred at 11 a.m. Both the eastbound and westbound I-70 exits onto Vine temporarily were blocked as officials worked to clear the scene.