Archive for Saturday, August 11, 2007

Truck driver’s death is ruled an accident

August 11, 2007


The death of a Minnesota truck driver, whose body was found early Tuesday on the Kansas Turnpike, has been ruled an accident by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

The body of Mitchell Staab, 27, was found about 1:50 a.m. Tuesday in a creek bed that's 15 to 20 feet below the westbound lanes of the turnpike. The site is about a mile east of the East Lawrence exit.

A Kansas Highway Patrol trooper said Staab and another semitrailer driver stopped to offer help with a one-vehicle accident Monday night. The trooper said he declined and asked the men to return to their trucks.

About 11:30 p.m., the same trooper noticed one of the semis was still parked near the accident site. The trooper began to search for the driver and later found his body.


Steve Jacob 10 years, 7 months ago

I don't get it? Did he trip or fall? Sad no matter what.

mnevenflow 10 years, 7 months ago

I've been told there is a section of the freeway that has a long concrete barrier between the east and west lanes. Part of the barrier has ground behind it same as the front and part of the barrier has a long drop to the ground below. In the darkness he must not have realized he was jumping over the barrier where there was a long drop.

It is truly tragic that his daughter will never get to meet him. He is missed dearly by his family and friends, I cannot comprehend their loss.

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