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BREAKING: One Dead After Kansas Turnpike Flooding

A driver died Friday evening after his vehicle was swept off the Kansas Turnpike near Emporia, officials said.

The accident occurred about 5 p.m. CDT Friday when the driver hydroplaned on the wet roadway and went into a flooded culvert, KVOE-AM in Emporia reported.

Lyon County Sheriff Jeff Cope told the radio station that the car was submerged when rescuers arrived on the Interstate 35 scene.

Just before the accident, Emporia measured 2.20 inches of rain in 42 minutes between 3:53 p.m. and 4:35 p.m. CDT, AccuWeather Meteorologist Mike Doll said.

Weather will improve across the region for the weekend, Doll said.

"It will be dry and hot with afternoon temperatures in the 90s," he said.

The accident occurred near a 2003 flood-related accident that claimed the lives of six people on the turnpike.