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Winds topple semi, critically injure driver on Kansas Turnpike

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, June 27, 2013, at 11:32 p.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at 10:11 a.m.

Wind gusts on Thursday toppled a semi traveling on the Kansas Turnpike, trapping and critically injuring its driver, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Trooper DaVon Brame said the Texas man, who is in his 50s, was headed south on the turnpike near 47th Street about 7 p.m. when the wind caught his trailer, pushing the semi into a barrier wall and tipping it over. The trailer was only loaded with about 7,000 pounds of product, which is “pretty light,” Brame said.

The driver was briefly trapped in the wreckage, Brame said. He later was taken to Wesley Medical Center in critical condition, according to a Sedgwick County dispatch supervisor.

Brame said the man suffered “a pretty good gash” on his head and his arm. His name was not immediately released.

“The winds were kicking pretty good,” Brame said.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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