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Archive for Saturday, March 29, 2014

Tractor-trailer crashes into I-70 tollbooth, Colorado driver dead

March 29, 2014, 5:06 a.m. Updated March 29, 2014, 9:45 p.m.

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One person died and another is in critical condition after a tractor-trailer hit a tollbooth on the Kansas Turnpike in Leavenworth County about 3 a.m. Saturday.

One person died and another is in critical condition after a tractor-trailer hit a tollbooth on the Kansas Turnpike in Leavenworth County about 3 a.m. Saturday.

The semi-trailer truck was hauling garden hoses. Hundreds are strewn among debris for 100 yards around two westbound lanes of the toll plaza at mile marker 217 as drivers pass.

The semi-trailer truck was hauling garden hoses. Hundreds are strewn among debris for 100 yards around two westbound lanes of the toll plaza at mile marker 217 as drivers pass.

Cargo and debris clutter about 100 yards of the left and center westbound toll lanes of the I-70 toll plaza near mile marker 217. A semi-trailer truck struck the center toll booth, wrapping itself around one of the structure's support poll.

Cargo and debris clutter about 100 yards of the left and center westbound toll lanes of the I-70 toll plaza near mile marker 217. A semi-trailer truck struck the center toll booth, wrapping itself around one of the structure's support poll.

A tractor-trailer cab is wrapped around a tollbooth at the eastern terminal of the Kansas Turnpike on March 29. One person died and another is in critical condition after the truck hit the tollbooth about 3 a.m. The truck was carrying garden hoses.

A tractor-trailer cab is wrapped around a tollbooth at the eastern terminal of the Kansas Turnpike on March 29. One person died and another is in critical condition after the truck hit the tollbooth about 3 a.m. The truck was carrying garden hoses.

A tractor-trailer cab is wrapped around a tollbooth at the eastern terminal of the Kansas Turnpike on March 29. One person died and another is in critical condition after the truck hit the tollbooth about 3 a.m.

A tractor-trailer cab is wrapped around a tollbooth at the eastern terminal of the Kansas Turnpike on March 29. One person died and another is in critical condition after the truck hit the tollbooth about 3 a.m.

A 30-year-old Aurora, Colo., man was identified as the driver killed early Saturday morning after his tractor-trailer crashed into a Kansas Turnpike tollbooth at the eastern terminal exit on westbound Interstate 70 near Tonganoxie.

Sergiy Angelchev died at the scene of the crash, which occurred just before 3 a.m., according to a Kansas Turnpike Authority accident report.

A turnpike authority official said Saturday that a passenger, Roman Ilyaich, 25, of Aurora, Colo., is in critical condition after being airlifted to Kansas University Hospital.

The Kansas Highway Patrol said the truck hit the tollbooth at highway speeds, never slowing down before crashing. The truck’s cab wrapped around the tollbooth and the engine landed about 50 yards away. Tollbooths at that interchange are not staffed.

As of Saturday night, turnpike officials said only one westbound lane at the terminal was closed because of the accident investigation. On Saturday afternoon, the turnpike authority directed traffic through the booth’s K-tag lane as it worked to remove debris from the tollbooth area.

The turnpike authority did not release information about the truck crew’s employer. The truck was hauling garden hoses when it crashed and hundreds were strewn across a 50-yard area near the crash site.

The westbound toll plaza’s center cement barriers are demolished and there are no skid marks on the road. The cab appears to have split the barriers and wrapped itself around the tollbooth.

This story was first reported by Journal-World partner Operation 100 News.

Firefighters and medics were dispatched to the toll plaza at 3:04 a.m. Troopers arrived to report one person, later identified as Angelchev, had been ejected from the truck and was unconscious. A second injured person, Ilyaich, was inside the truck cab with critical injuries.

A LifeStar helicopter landed in the eastbound lanes of I-70, temporarily blocking several lanes through the toll plaza. Those lanes reopened around 4 a.m. All westbound lanes were closed for a time, re-opened about 5:45 a.m., then closed again about noon for the investigation.

Operation 100 News contributed to this story. Check back for updates as they become available.

Comments

Ron Holzwarth 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Driving a large truck is the 9th most dangerous occupation in the United States. It might appear as though being the driver or passenger in a large truck is a safe place to be, but it certainly is not, due to the lengthy periods of time the vehicles are on the road every single day.

If it were not for the freight that is delivered by truck every single day, the areas of our country that are not near train tracks would not have many things delivered in any practical way that are necessary for daily life, notably food for grocery stores.

Every personal vehicle driver should be aware of the fact that large trucks are not as maneuverable as smaller vehicles, and they cannot stop as quickly. Truck drivers are as careful as possible, but there is only so much they can do to avoid accidents.

Apparently this was a single vehicle accident. We do not know what happened, and for all we know, the driver had a medical problem and passed out before the accident.

I was once told of a terrible large truck accident that an acquaintance of a college professor was involved in. A car pulled out directly in front of the large truck he was driving, and instead of crushing the car and killing everyone in it, he intentionally drove his truck into the ditch to save their lives. In the process of doing that, he destroyed his truck and grievously injured himself. He was never able to walk normally again.

The car that had pulled out in front of him never stopped, and the driver that had caused the accident was was never found.

It is not asking very much to steer clear of and drive very carefully around large trucks, especially since what the drivers are doing is delivering goods that you consider essential for your daily life.

Clipped from:
http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2011/03/01/top-10-most-dangerous-jobs/

Top 10 Most Dangerous Jobs
9. Truck Driver
Death rate: 18.3 per 100,000

Why it's so dangerous: Driving is hazardous for anyone for any length of time but especially for those that drive for a living. Long hours and boring stretches of road make staying alert and focused a challenge, while high speeds, very large vehicles, and heavy loads make the consequences of even a small error or lapse exponentially more serious.

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David Albertson 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Why are we forced to pay a private company to drive on a road that was built with federal tax dollars?

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5 months, 3 weeks ago

??? "...we forced to pay..." This was a company that had every right to use the highway to transport its goods. The highway is used by trucks in the manner all the time.

Would you please explain what you mean?

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Brian Hall 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Oh! I think he's wondering why we have to pay a private company (KTA) to drive on a road (the Turnpike) that was built with federal tax dollars (the interstate program). The simple answer is that the Turnpike predates the Federal Interstate System by two years so it wasn't paid for by federal tax dollars. The KTA paid for all of it and continues to pay for all of it through the tolls.

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Lee Saylor 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Leslie, I think David is referring to why do we have a turnpike with tolls. Why his comment is attached to this tragedy, I can't answer. David, Kansas Turnpike has statutory authority to run the turnpike and to charge a toll to pay for the bonds that were secured to build the road and maintain it. Despite your thoughts to the contrary, federal highway funds do not completely cover the cost of building and maintaining the road.

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Sam Crow 5 months, 3 weeks ago

There are no federal dollars involved in the Kansas Turnpike. It was built in 1955 with money from selling bonds. It has been maintained since by funding from tolls.

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5 months, 3 weeks ago

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families. This is the kind of accident that changes ones life so suddenly and without any warning at all that it leaves all that are directly involved feeling shell shocked. We may never know the reason for the accident, and maybe we don't have to. The families and friends have to find a way to accept this and go on. That is what matters.

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M. Lindeman 5 months, 3 weeks ago

No skid marks tell me that the driver fell asleep at the wheel or had a medical issue. The one ejected was more than likely in the sleeper.

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