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Archive for Thursday, September 17, 1998

TRUCK WRECK BLOCKS SECTION OF TURNPIKE

September 17, 1998

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Four tractor-trailers piled up on the Kansas Turnpike Wednesday afternoon a few miles west of Lawrence.

According to dispatchers with the Kansas Turnpike Authority, an ambulance turning from the westbound lanes on to the eastbound lanes of the turnpike caused a pileup in the westbound lanes.

The pileup occurred at 2:50 p.m. Wednesday near mile marker 199.

Several tractor-trailers were following the ambulance along the turnpike.

The first tractor-trailer, a 1997 Freightliner, braked, and was struck in the rear by the second tractor-trailer, a 1991 Kenworth. The third tractor-trailer, a 1997 Peterbuilt, braked to avoid hitting the second. It was struck in the rear by the fourth, a 1993 International, that pushed it into the second tractor-trailer. All of the trailers remained upright.

Two of the drivers were injured. Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical personnel transported Dwayne Jimmerson, 33, of Topeka, and Thomas Black, 39, of Orlando, Fla., to Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Both were treated and released.

The third tractor-trailer was hauling pigs. None escaped on to the highway.

The first tractor-trailer was able to be driven away from the scene, but the other three had to be towed. The accident closed down one westbound lane of the turnpike for much of the afternoon.

-- Felicia Haynes' phone message number is 832-7173. Her e-mail address is fhaynes@ljworld.com.

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