When a microburst knocked down utility poles on the Kansas Turnpike near El Dorado last week, a semitrailer became entangled with a dangling power line and crashed into a bridge pillar.
A trailer split open in the crash.
"Somebody's furniture and contents are soaked," Kansas Turnpike Authority Capt. John Walters said at the time. "I feel sorry for whoever is waiting for their furniture."
That person was Joshua Worthley.
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He had just been released from the Marines in California and was moving to Kansas City, Mo., to start civilian life with his wife and young daughter.
"That," he said of the moving truck's contents, "was everything we had."
Included on the truck was gear he needs to start a new job with a security company, he said.
"I have to wait until I get that truck in or some money to buy new gear before I can do my job," Worthley said.
The moving company sent a $2,500 check to help the family get by until their belongings finally arrive in Kansas City, he said. For the time being, they're staying in the basement of his in-laws' house and living out of a single bag of clothes.
Worthley said he's been told most of the property in the truck is in good condition, but he's waiting until it arrives to see for himself.
He drove a truck in the Marines, Worthley said, so he understands why the truck driver was virtually powerless to prevent the crash once the power poles snapped and the utility lines flopped in front of the semi.
"There's no way he could have avoided it," he said. "All he could have done was brace for impact and wait."
The truck driver was not hurt in the crash.