A homeless man is dead after an accident on on U.S. Highway 24 just after midnight, local and state authorities confirmed Friday.
According to Lt. Greg Harkrader of the Kansas Highway Patrol, two homeless men were crossing the highway in the area between Academy Sports and Aldi’s in Manhattan late last night. The duo crossed in front of an eastbound vehicle. The driver of the vehicle swerved to miss them, but struck one of the men.
Traffic there was delayed and re-routed the rest of the night and into Friday morning. The roadway has since reopened.
Harkrader said KHP’s Critical Highway Accident Response Team — otherwise known as “CHART” — has been called to help investigate the case.
The identity of the deceased has not been released. Harkrader said investigators are still working the case and attempting to notify next of kin — which, he added, is often a challenge considering the individual was homeless.
KMAN will have more information as it becomes available.
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