Five injured in crash on I-70 east of Topeka; Lawrence driver pinned under semitrailer

photo by: Associated Press

Motorists drive along the Interstate 70 portion of the Kansas Turnpike, past a rest area near Linwood, Kan., Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

A Lawrence man was among five people hospitalized after a four-vehicle crash Monday on the Kansas Turnpike east of Topeka.

Cooper Samuel Rosheim, 25, Lawrence was transported to a Topeka hospital with suspected serious injuries after his vehicle was struck by a semitruck and eventually pinned underneath its trailer on the Kansas Turnpike, which is also Interstate 70.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol crash logs, the accident occurred at 4:45 p.m. when Larry E. Manning, 73, Florence, Ky., lost control of the 2004 Peterbilt he was driving at Kansas Turnpike mile marker 187 near the Topeka area service center. The Peterbilt and its trailer crossed two lanes of traffic and jumped the barrier wall separating eastbound and westbound I-70 traffic before coming to rest and blocking the westbound turnpike’s left lane. While the semitruck was crossing the eastbound lanes, its trailer struck a 2021 Subaru Impreza driven by Rosheim, pinning the vehicle below the trailer. An eastbound 2013 Freightliner driven by Alreado Solano, 44, of Bonham, Texas, also struck the trailer, causing that vehicle to twice strike the barrier wall before it came to rest against the wall. A fourth vehicle, a 2017 Nissan Rogue driven by Jennifer M. Loy, 44, of Topeka, struck Manning’s semi in the westbound left lane of I-70.

Manning, Rosheim and Solano were taken to Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka with suspected serious injuries. Loy and a passenger in her vehicle, Emily Loy, 16, of Topeka, were taken to St. Francis Hospital in Topeka with suspected serious injuries.

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