Archive for Friday, April 6, 2012

Two people injured in pickup-semi crash on U.S. Highway 24 in Jefferson County

April 6, 2012, 9:12 a.m. Updated April 6, 2012, 4:48 p.m.


Two people suffered life-threatening injuries early Friday morning when a pickup truck collided with a semitrailer on U.S. Highway 24 northwest of Lawrence.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, Gary Daniel Koelliker, 19, Highland, was driving a pickup west on Highway 24, just east of Perry. He apparently pulled the 1992 Nissan pickup onto the right shoulder in preparation to make a U-turn.

At the same time, a semi that was behind the pickup moved over into the eastbound lane.

When Koelliker tried to make the U-turn, his pickup crashed into the semi, a highway patrol report said.

Koelliker was taken by ambulance to Stormont-Vail Regional Healthcare in Topeka. His passenger, Dyllon Butrick, 20, White Cloud, was flown by Lifestar air ambulance to KU Hospital in Kansas City, Kan.

The truck driver, John J. Douglas, 39, South Bend, Ind., was not injured.

The accident occurred about 1:45 a.m., and the highway was closed until about 8 a.m., according to Kimberly Qualls, Kansas Department of Transportation spokeswoman.

Jeremy Rodecap, assistant fire chief for Jefferson County Fire District No. 3, was among emergency personnel who responded to the accident.

He said Koelliker and Butrick were ejected from the pickup. The accident report said Koelliker and Butrick were not wearing seat belts but that Douglas was.

“It was one of the worst ones I’ve seen in quite awhile,” Rodecap said.

The crash remained under investigation Friday morning. An accident reconstruction team from the Kansas Highway Patrol completed work at the scene about 8 a.m., Rodecap said. Information about Butrick’s condition was not available Friday, and a Stormont-Vail spokeswoman said Koelliker’s family had not authorized the hospital to release his condition.


Steve Jacob 6 years ago

Very sad. 24 is no place to make a U-turn at night.

Clickker 6 years ago

im not really sure i understand the logistics here?

otto 6 years ago

Sounds like the semi was following the truck, when the truck pulled to the shoulder the semi moved over to give him a little room, like you would do if you came up on someone changing a tire.

otto 6 years ago

then the truck proceeded to make a u-turn and collided with the semi ---- just my take on it.

Jennifer Klopp 6 years ago

George, Any truth to the rumor that the bridge collapsed? Someone told me it did. Thank you.

rukidingme 6 years ago

The untold part of story due to it being under investigation. 1:45am you think maybe alcohol was involved? Driver makes u-turn in front of semi, sonds like driver was impaired.

rukidingme 6 years ago

The untold part of story due to it being under investigation. 1:45am you think maybe alcohol was involved? Driver makes u-turn in front of semi, sounds like driver was impaired.

roggy 6 years ago

I wish an update would be given on these young men.

monof1boy 6 years ago

Before you post things please remember that these boys have family. Both boys are young, healthy & strong. They both have lots of family & friends supporting them. It's just a waiting game now. Please pray for them.

Mays23 6 years ago

Both of these boys are good friends of fine.. They both have a carebridge site online. For updates if that is what you want

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