Archive for Friday, January 7, 2011

Highway Patrol warns drivers to secure loads after accident involving loose trailer

January 7, 2011


Emergency crews investigate the scene of an accident on westbound Kansas Highway 10 between Lexington Avenue and Kill Creek Road on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011.

Emergency crews investigate the scene of an accident on westbound Kansas Highway 10 between Lexington Avenue and Kill Creek Road on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011.

A Kansas Highway Patrol spokesman Friday warned drivers about taking extra precaution to make sure trailers are secured to their vehicles after a Raytown, Mo., man was injured in a crash Thursday afternoon on Kansas Highway 10 near De Soto.

“All the regulations that are set by the state are there for a reason, and it’s for everybody else’s safety besides yours,” Technical Trooper Howard Dickinson said Friday. “If they don’t follow those, then little things can become very big things.”

Thursday’s rush-hour crash that shut down westbound K-10 traffic for hours was the second injury accident involving a loose trailer on K-10 east of Lawrence since October.

The highway patrol Friday identified the Missouri man and a Eudora woman as the two people taken to hospitals after Thursday’s crash that happened about 3:45 p.m. near Lexington Avenue.

According to the report, Barry L. Clemons, 44, of Raytown, was injured when his westbound 2005 Chevrolet truck was struck by a trailer that came loose from an eastbound vehicle. After the collision with the trailer, a westbound 2008 Toyota Avalon then struck Clemons’ truck.

Clemons was taken to Overland Park Regional Medical Center with disabling injuries, and he was listed in critical but stable condition Friday, said Shannon Peyton, a hospital spokeswoman. The report states Clemons was not wearing a seat belt.

The Toyota’s driver, Joanne K. Kite, 49, Eudora, who wore a seat belt, was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where she was treated and later released, an LMH spokeswoman said.

The trailer crossed the median after it came unhitched from an eastbound 2000 Chevrolet Silverado truck driven by Jerold D. Evans, 56, of Lawrence. No one was injured in Evans’ vehicle.

Dickinson said Friday troopers were still finishing the accident report but that he expected Evans to receive a citation for failing to secure a load.

The trooper said the highway patrol advises drivers to make sure they have the correct size of hitch ball to secure the trailer. He also said drivers should verify their vehicle can handle the weight of the trailer and that the chains would be adequate to hold the trailer.

In the earlier accident, Douglas County Sheriff’s officials said a Lawrence woman on Oct. 21 suffered an arm injury near Eudora when a trailer broke loose from an eastbound pickup truck and struck her westbound car.


Belinda Rehmer 7 years, 4 months ago

Was there another fairly recent accident on K-10 involving a trailer that had disconnected from a vehicle?

wmathews 7 years, 4 months ago

Hi Belinda!

There was another injury accident in this exact area in July:

I'm looking for something about a trailer disconnecting from a vehicle, too, but have been unsuccessful so far.

Whitney Mathews Assistant Community Editor for Online

Robert Rauktis 7 years, 4 months ago

"by an trailer that came loose"...correct for the print addition.

neo_star 7 years, 4 months ago

KHP just about caused an accident at Renner Rd. & K-10 in heavy traffic responding to this wreck by almost running me off the road. Speed causes accidents. Responding quickly I understand but causing accidents along the way isn't bright.

Ron Holzwarth 7 years, 4 months ago

That is so true! Trailers with correctly operating lights are in the minority, for sure!

David Albertson 7 years, 4 months ago

When is KDOT going to pull their head out of their @$$ and put a cable barrier in the median? How many crossovers will it take?

1234 7 years, 4 months ago

DOT already pulls over guys pulling trailers daily... the ones they ought to start pulling over are the people that are not necessarily commercial carriers and start pulling over EVERYONE pulling trailers. The ones that pull them every day tend to remember to latch them, and or hook safety chains up to say the least. I keep my equipment very well maintained and its a pain the the butt to get pulled over once every couple months for an hour while a inspector crawls around under neath my trailer and truck while "regular" people drive by pulling trailers that are about to fall apart. I don't understand.... Well I do but maybe they should pull over others even though they don't fall in the commercial bracket.

VictoriaRum 7 years, 4 months ago

Barry Clemons is in the hospital laying in a coma; please keep him in your prayers.

duster 7 years, 4 months ago

This person did not have to be in a COMA!!! We know what is us!!!

lil_toke65 6 years, 5 months ago

Yeah, well unfortunately Barry did not recover. He came out of the coma, but never regained. He lost his life this morning after 11 months and 22 days of pure hell all because of someone else's lack of thinking. Oh, and now they're thinking of putting wire barriers up. Barry, may you rest in peace. You had soo much left to give to our world, a man of god. I will always think of you daily!!!

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