Patrol identifies pickup driver killed in rest stop crash on Kansas Turnpike

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | Thursday, December 19, 2013

Authorities have identified the man who crashed his pickup into a parked semi on Tuesday night at the Matfield Green Service Area along the Kansas Turnpike.

John Armintrout, 65, of Bee Branch, Ark., was reportedly traveling at highway speeds when he entered the northbound service area, and struck a delineator before crashing into a tractor-trailer, according to KHP spokesman Chris Markham. Highway speed on the turnpike is 75 mph.

According to the KHP, the Butler County (Kan.) Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call from a passerby at 8:59 p.m. Tuesday. The department then notified the Kansas Turnpike Authority.

Armintrout was driving a 2002 Chevrolet pickup, which collided with a parked 2012 Freightliner driven by Randy Spivey, 54, of Elkhart, Tex. Spivey. Spivey, a driver for Schneider National, was parked in a parking space and asleep when the accident occurred.

Markham said the patrol is still investigating the cause of the crash, and declined to comment about whether a medical condition was a factor.

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