Archive for Sunday, July 15, 2007

Driver killed in wreck on flood-damaged road

July 15, 2007


A man was killed this morning in a rollover wreck on a flood-damaged Franklin County road after he drove around a barricade.

The man, who was not identified by age or hometown, was driving a Chevrolet truck north on Idaho Road about half a mile south of Kansas Highway 68 five miles west of Ottawa, according to a statement from Franklin County Sheriff Craig Davis. The wreck occurred about 6 a.m.

The truck struck a hole in the road and a front tire blew out, causing the man to lose control of the vehicle, according to the accident report. The truck skidded into the west ditch and rolled several times before landing on its wheels in a field.

The man was not wearing a seat belt, and he was thrown from the truck. The county's coroner pronounced him dead at the scene.

Davis said that portion of the road was closed due to the flooding two weeks ago. The man's family has not been notified, so the sheriff's department was withholding his identity. Sheriff's officers are still investigating, and Kansas Highway Patrol troopers are assisting.


Wilbur_Nether 10 years, 10 months ago

Good grief, thebcman...maybe a polite period of sympathy for the family of (if not) the victim would be appropriate? Let it be for a day or three. Or better yet, forever.

Lonestar1 10 years, 10 months ago

My sympathy to the family, but he should not gone around the barricade. It was there for a reason. It sounds like a bit of excessive speed was also an issue. Like most accidents, a lot of freewill is involved.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 10 years, 10 months ago

"wondering why he did not use his seat belt"

Frankly, for the same reason he didn't respect the barricade.

Linda Endicott 10 years, 10 months ago

Are you sure there WAS a barricade?

I live in Franklin county. They had an article in the paper here during the flooding that said they didn't have enough barricades to go around for all the roads that were flooded. People called the sheriff complaining because roads that were impassable weren't marked and it was difficult to tell until you came upon water, especially at night.

Their reaction? That since they didn't have enough barricades, they weren't marking all the roads that were impassable, as that would make them liable if some were marked and others were not.


I don't know if this policy was still being used for damaged roads after the water went down.

So, are you sure the road was barricaded?

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