Harvey County 911 received a call from a truck driver reporting a bomb threat at about 7:45 p.m. Monday night. The driver said he had gotten a call on his cell phone. The caller told the truck driver he had an explosive hooked to his truck.
The driver was somewhat confused to his location, believing he had just gotten off I-135 and was on I-70. It was later determined he was on the shoulder of the northbound lane on I-135 at mile post 35. Harvey County Sheriff Deputies met with the driver and were told there was a suspicious box in the cab of the truck. The semi was hauling merchandise for Hobby Lobby.
The Wichita bomb squad responded to the scene. For safety measures, both north and south bound lanes of 1-35 were closed and traffic was diverted.
The truck was searched and no explosive devises were located. The interstate was reopened to normal traffic at 2:15 a.m..
Numerous agencies responded to this call. They included: Kansas Highway Patrol, Newton Police Department, Hesston Police Department, Hesston Fire & Rescue, KDOT, Harvey County Road and Bridge, Harvey County Communications and Harvey County Sheriff’s Office.