Two people were injured and two escaped injury in a three-vehicle accident that resulted in a semi cab and trailer and an SUV rolled over and a second semi cab destroyed.
A three-vehicle crash late Saturday morning at the junction of K-61 and NE 30th Street injured two while two others escaped injury.
Injured in the crash were semi truck drivers Albert Timmerman, 61 of Stuart, Neb. and Israel Rodriguez-Flores, 50 of Des Moines, Iowa.
The accident occurred when a 2003 Toyota, driven by Brandy Sawyer, 37 of Frisco, Colo. was turning off NE 30th Street onto K-61 to head towards Pratt and failed to yield, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol on-line crash logs web site.
She pulled onto the highway directly in front of a southwest bound 2009 Freightliner semi driven by Israel Rodriguez-Flores, 50 of Des Moines, Iowa. The semi attempted to swerve but hit the Toyota broadside on the passenger side sending it into the north ditch and rolling over on its side.
The semi went into a sideways skid. The cab and trailer rolled over on its side coming to a stop across the entire width of the highway where a northeast bound 2007 International semi, driven by Albert Timmerman, 61 of Stuart, Neb. pulled to the right, trying to avoid the Freightliner trailer but didn't have enough room and collided head on with the back end of the trailer.
Traffic was rerouted around the accident about three hours before one lane was opened. It took another four hours to empty the overturned semi and get the trailer and cab set up and removed from the scene. The trailer had 48 bags of soybean flakes that weighed 1,500 pounds each and all had to be unloaded before the trailer could be set upright.The accident was reported at 10:47 a.m.
Pratt County EMS transported Rodriguez-Flores and Timmerman to Pratt Regional Medical Center. Their conditions were unavailable.
Sawyer and Rodriguez' passenger Rosadina Rodriguez, 43 of Des Moines Iowa, were not injured in the accident. All four involved in the accident were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident.