Truck driver taken off life support, dies

By The Mercury

The truck driver who was critically injured Tuesday after he lost control of his cement truck near Junction City died Friday after being removed from life support.

The family of Travis Kemph, 29, Newton, said they made the decision to remove him from life support after doctors told them Kemph’s brain was no longer functioning. David Miller, Kemph’s cousin-in-law, said doctors kept Kemph on life support until an organ team could harvest his organs, saying that Kemph wanted to help others.

Miller said doctors took him off life support early Friday morning.

“Travis was the funniest man I have ever met. He had an ironic sense of humor that will be missed,” he said.

Miller said Travis received his last rights, and his immediate family, including his mother and father, were at his side when he did, having made peace and said their goodbyes.

Kemph, who resided in Manhattan, was injured after he lost control of his cement truck while turning off of K-18 onto the westbound I-70 ramp Tuesday morning. His truck, a Midwest Concrete Materials cement mixer, flipped onto its side over a natural retaining wall near the ramp and Kemph was trapped within the truck, KHP Lt. Greg Harkrader said.

Miller thanked the public for their support and said funeral preparations are now being made by his parents.

The funeral will be held in Newton and donations can be made through: Capitol Federal Savings, Att Travis Kemph Memorial Fund, 700 S. Kansas Ave., Topeka, Kan., 6603-3894.

“We want everyone to know we appreciate their support and love,” Miller said, adding, “We did not realize how many people were praying for Travis. Thank you all for everything.”

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