The eastbound Solomon, Kansas rest stop on Interstate Highway 70 remained closed early Friday morning following Thursday afternoon’s fiery crash between a semi and a parked motor home.

A Texas man died as a result of the crash; his wife and the semi driver are reported in good condition Friday morning at Salina Regional Health Center.

The Kansas Highway Patrol said Martin L. Bal, 67, Pointbreak, Texas, and Joan C. Bal, 72, also of Pointbreak, Texas, were sleeping inside the recreational vehicle when the 2007 Peterbilt semi driven by John R. Boteler, 68, Shelby, Ind., entered the eastbound rest area at a high rate of speed The semi collided with the back of the 2010 Ford motor home, which was parked at a curb.

Martin Bal died following the 12:51 p.m. Thursday crash. A spokesman for Salina Regional said Friday morning Joan Bal and John Boteler had been admitted and both were in good condition.

Technical trooper Benjamin Gardner said the impact from the crash caused the motor home to catch fire. He said people at the rest stop were able to remove the semi driver and the sleeping couple, who were in the very back of their motor home.

Read more: Abilene Reflector-Chronicle



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