Archive for Wednesday, June 15, 2011

7 killed in traffic accidents in Kansas in 1 day

June 15, 2011, 8:41 a.m. Updated June 15, 2011, 10:31 a.m.

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— Tuesday was deadly day on Kansas roadways, with four separate crashes claiming seven lives.

A pickup truck collided with a tractor pulling on a western Kansas highway, killing three of the truck's passengers and sending both drivers to the hospital with injuries.

The accident on Kansas 4 in Rush County was one of four fatal accidents throughout the state Tuesday in which a total of seven people were killed, two of them children.

The Rush County collision occurred when the pickup struck the tractor while it was turning off the highway into a field, The Kansas Highway Patrol said.

Those who died at the scene were Jose R. Villarreal Jr., 47, of Ellis; Ricky Dale Hernandez, 35, of Ellis, and David Scott Florian, 36, of Hays.

A father and son were killed about six miles east of Meriden, in Jefferson County, when they were thrown from a skid loader that tipped forward then rolled over. Michael A. Fawl, 28, and Michael H. Fawl, 5, died at the scene, the patrol said.

None of those killed in the two accidents was wearing a seat belt, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.

In Crawford County, a head-on collision between two vehicles on Kansas 47 about 2 miles west of Girard killed 28-year-old Jaime Rebecca Hallacy. Seventeen-month-old Kylie Jean Hallacy was taken to Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., and the other driver was taken to Girard Regional Medical Center. The patrol said the Hallacys lived in Walnut, but it did not specify how they are related.

All three people in the accident were wearing their seat belts, the patrol said.

And a one-vehicle rollover crash Tuesday morning in Johnson County killed a 15-year-old girl, the patrol said.

Raina Esparza, of Kansas City, Kan., died when the vehicle her father was driving rolled over on Interstate 35 in Overland Park. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her parents were hospitalized. The father and daughter weren't wearing seat belts but the mother was, the patrol said.

Comments

Bob Forer 3 years, 11 months ago

Terrible news. Let us all take pause and try to drive as safely as possible. Life is short.

james dick 3 years, 11 months ago

Soon we will be able to do this at a higher speed and with greater burning of fossil fuel. How bout them apples.

Kontum1972 3 years, 11 months ago

they do not know what safe driving is....and they do not care.... if u drive like Hell..that's were you end up.... stop signs, school crossings, red lights, no text-messaging..cell phones....it just doesn't matter.....

countrygirl 3 years, 11 months ago

Crazy things seem to happen when we have a full moon. So sad to lose that many lives in one day.

meggers 3 years, 11 months ago

"The Kansas Highway Patrol says the three people died Tuesday evening about three miles in Rush County when a pickup truck struck a tractor."

I think something may be missing from this sentence. It doesn't make sense.

Tragic day, nonetheless.

meggers 3 years, 11 months ago

Well, that part was fixed, but now there is this:

"A pickup truck collided with a tractor pulling on a western Kansas highway, killing three of the truck's passengers and sending both drivers to the hospital with injuries.

The accident on Kansas 4 in Rush County was one of four fatal accidents throughout the state Tuesday in which a total of seven people were killed, two of them children.

The Rush County collision occurred when the pickup struck the tractor while it was turning off the highway into a field, The Kansas Highway Patrol said.'

The first sentence of that excerpt appears to be incorrect- both grammatically and factually. The AP needs to get it together.

verity 3 years, 11 months ago

Very sad day.

When you see a slow-moving vehicle on the road SLOW DOWN. You will come up on them much faster than you think. The article doesn't state this, but it sounds like the tractor may have been making a left turn when struck. Don't assume that because they are going slow you can keep going your normal speed and pass them. While they should have turn signals, etc., you can't take that for granted. Expect the unexpected.

The few minutes or seconds you save are not worth anyone's life.

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 11 months ago

I drove many tractors over many years, and I don't recall any of them being equipped with turn signals. Newer ones may be different, but at least older tractors are not required to have them, and so a tractor driver needs to use hand signals to warn other vehicle operators on the road. (Think anyone would be watching?)

I sure do remember one close call in particular when a car driver was in a great big hurry to get around me on the highway. I was sitting way up high with my seat belt on (and a roll cage around me), and could see there was an oncoming car headed this way really fast.

Well, that car driver made it - but not by much!

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 11 months ago

Car drivers often don't realize that a tractor cannot stop quickly, and cannot turn quickly either because of the hazard of tipping over, even though they seem to be moving very slowly by automobile standards. And, many might not realize that the massive weight of a tractor of any size will crush a car in a collision as it rides right up and over it.

Plus, equipment being towed presents dangers of its own. Undercutters in particular will slice right through a car, I certainly heard horror stories of that danger!

When driving on highways where there is agricultural work being done, you certainly need to take extra precautions around heavy equipment.

If you don't want to bother, that's fine. Stay on the Interstates, which are for faster vehicles only!

verity 3 years, 11 months ago

I, too, have been on both sides of this and no matter what you do, slow-moving heavy equipment is going to be a safety issue. Loaded farm trucks may pull out in front of you at a slow rate of speed, causing you to say words, but remember that they have no choice but to pull out at some point and they can't pick up speed quickly. Again, you will come up on them much faster than you think and, as stated above, they can't turn or stop quickly.

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