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Driver Trapped After Semis Crash

KSAL Staff - August 25, 2013 11:44 am

Photo courtesy Kansas Highway Patrol

Photo courtesy Kansas Highway Patrol

A crash involving two semis caused a stretch of Interstate 70 in Saline and Ellsworth Counties to close for several hours Sunday morning.

KHP Lt.JL Riedel tells KSAL News that the crash happened in Lincoln County. One semi rear-ended another.

Riedel says that the trucks were so entangled that it took about two hours to get one of the drivers out. It took even longer then to get the two trucks seperated.

Only one person was hurt in the crash, 46-year-old Charles Sexton Jr. from Lansing, Norh Carolina. He is the driver who caused the crash. It is unknown if hecwas buckled up. He was transported to the hospital in Salina.

The crash prompted the westbound lanes on I 70 to be closed for about 25 miles. The interstate was closed from the Halstead Road exit in Saline County to the Ellsworth exit in Ellsworth County.

A H

August 25, 2013 at 3:21 pm

well wonder what reason for the cause of this was? seems to be a lot of these happening lately seems driving interstate these days is very treacherous

Iggy p Daily

August 26, 2013 at 1:47 am

Probably cell phone usuage. Since this has become into vogue there have been more semi accidents. Used to be lack of sleep and I am sure that still is a large part of it plus now we have those truck driving 90 day wonder schools to become a truck driver.

Keith Davis

August 26, 2013 at 5:17 am

Though I love getting places to the east much faster we need to take into consideration that the speed limit on I-70 being increased to 75 mph is a key factor in the increased number of accidents. I usually drive 75 to 78 mph and doing so most other drivers pass me. Hmmmmmmm

Red Neck

August 26, 2013 at 8:27 am

Good point while other states have raised the speed limits for auto they kept the big rigs at lower speed limits. Kansas should do the same. There is no need having trucks this size driving down our roadways at the speeds they do.

m 674011

August 26, 2013 at 5:31 pm

red neck

i drove in those states with slower speed limits for big trucks . They still have same if not more accidents , from car’s running up on trucks running 55 and cars going 65 + , then the cops will pull a big truck going 1 or 2 mpr over the limit and let a car go
that is doing way over it .
most big trucking compys have a set limit for speed in the truck from 65 to 70

HOW ABOUT DRIVERS OF CAR’S AND PICKUPS use some thaught around big trucks

I saw it ever day were cars and pickup pass a truck just to turn right or left in front of it Go ride 2 to 4 days in a big truck see what they put up with each day

Mandi Mahcort

September 1, 2013 at 11:13 pm

Amen m 674011!

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