Driver dies after vehicle collides with truck in paint-striping crew on Kansas Turnpike

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WELLINGTON, Kansas — The Kansas Turnpike Authority says a 25-year-old driver has died after her vehicle collided with a paint-striping crew truck near Wellington.

The crash happened shortly before noon Wednesday on the turnpike about 21 miles north of the Oklahoma line. The victim was later identified as Urmila Sharma, of Kansas City, Kansas.

Turnpike Authority spokeswoman Rachel Bell told The Wichita Eagle ( ) Sharma was northbound in the inside lane when she passed one of several crew trucks trailing a paint striper. Sharma merged her vehicle back into the inside lane and struck a second truck in the slow-moving caravan.

Bell says a team of six trucks follows a vehicle painting stripes on the turnpike, with the paint truck usually going about 4 mph and the six trucks following at quarter-mile intervals.

Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle,

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