Douglas County Sheriff’s officers have ticketed a 62-year-old Missouri man for failing to stop at a stop sign after a June 6 crash on U.S. Highway 59 involving two semitrailers.
According to the accident report released Monday, William R. Powell, identified as a driver of a semitrailer for Sutton Trucking of Archie, Mo., told officers he applied his brakes to slow down as he approached a stop sign, but his truck’s brakes failed. Powell said the brake pedal was “mushy” and he was unable to stop at the intersection while headed west on North 1000 Road. His semitrailer hauling dry concrete mix collided with a northbound semitrailer driven by David L. Guenther, 60, of rural Baldwin City.
Powell, who wore a lap belt, was not injured, but Guenther, who did not wear a seat belt, was ejected through the windshield of his truck, which was hauling farm supplies. Guenther was taken to Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., where he was released last week, said Jill Chadwick, a KU Hospital spokeswoman.
The crash occurred about 3 p.m. in the intersection near a major construction zone about two miles south of Lawrence.