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Spilled Load Causes Multiple Crashes

KSAL Staff - March 3, 2015 5:25 am

One person was hurt in a series of crashes near Abilene Monday night that was caused by a spilled load of I-beams.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, a semi hauling I-beams was headed west on Interstate 70 in Dickinson County. The truck traveled off the road, and the trailer lost control.

The trailer jackknifed and detached from the power unit. The trailer traveled across the road to the north, striking the guard rail on the north side of the highway. It then overturned spilling the contents of the load, I-beams, onto the road. The trailer came to rest in the north ditch. The truck came to rest in the median facing south.

A Subaru Forester SUV struck an I-beam from the trailer. It lost control and traveled into median, coming to rest facing east. Three other vehicles also struck I-beams and other road debris.

One person was hurt, 61-year-old Constance Wellborn of Abilene. Wellborn, who was buckled up, was transported to the hospital in Salina.

The incident happened at 6:53 Monday evening, on Interstate 70 in Dickinson County 5 miles east of Abilene.