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40 years ago: Turnpike collision kills Topeka truck driver

August 2, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Aug. 2, 1972:

  • A Topeka truck driver was killed and four passengers in another vehicle injured in a collision at 4:55 p.m. on the Kansas Turnpike. The crash had occurred two miles east of the East Lawrence interchange when an eastbound dump truck overturned and slid into the westbound traffic lane. Officers on the scene said that the vehicle's left front tire had blown. The truck, which had been loaded with 12 tons of asphalt, had then been struck by a westbound car pulling a 20-foot camper-trailer.
  • Rumors were flying on possible running-mate choices for George McGovern, the Democratic presidential nominee. McGovern said today that he would announce his choice in a few days to replace Sen. Thomas F. Eagleton of Missouri, who had been deemed too controversial. Speculation for his replacement centered on Sen. Edmund S. Muskie of Maine. It was thought that Muskie, a Catholic and a New Englander, would provide a balanced ticket with McGovern, a Midwestern Methodist.


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