A 49-year-old Independence, Mo., man was injured after he was struck in the face Wednesday night by a large rock that broke through the windshield of the semitrailer he was driving near Perry. According to a Kansas Highway Patrol report, Roberto Chevez-Enamorado lost consciousness after he was struck, and his truck went off U.S. Highway 24 to the left, crashing through a fence before stopping in a field. The accident occurred at 7:45 p.m. in the eastbound lane, about 1.5 miles east of Perry. Chevez-Enamorado, who was wearing a seat belt when the crash occurred, was taken to Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center in Topeka, where he was listed in fair condition on Thursday.
Kansas Highway Patrol Lt. Dan McCollum said Chevez-Enamorado told him he had just passed a rock hauler before the crash. Investigators believe the rock — an estimated 1.5 times the size of a fist — fell from the rock hauler without that driver’s knowledge.