Highway 15 fatal crash

State Patrol are investigating a fatal crash Friday morning on State Highway 15, north of Hutchinson. Witnesses at the scene saw a vehicle fully engulfed in flames.

A 44-year-old Hutchinson man was killed in a crash Friday morning in Collinwood Township, north of Hutchinson.

According to State Patrol, the crash happened at about 7 a.m. in Meeker County on State Highway 15, north of County Road 18. A 2003 Ford Taurus was southbound on Highway 15 when it crossed the center line and struck a northbound 2014 Freightliner semitractor-trailer driven by Cary Eugene Hansen, 55, of Ames, Iowa.

The driver of the Ford Taurus was not wearing a seat belt and died in the crash, according to State Patrol. The driver had not yet been identified when this issue of the Leader went to press.

Witnesses saw a vehicle fully engulfed in flames. The highway was closed to traffic from about 8 a.m. until 10:50 a.m. Friday morning to allow first responders to work at the scene.