Friday, October 31, 2014

Man injured in wreck with county dump truck

By CLINTON DICK, Herald Staff Writer | 5/21/2014

POMONA ­— A collision with a Franklin County dump truck on K-68, east of Pomona, sent a Franklin County man to an area hospital Wednesday afternoon.

The dump truck, driven by a male Franklin County employee, was headed east on K-68 at about 2 p.m. Wednesday when it collided with a west-bound passenger vehicle about a quarter mile east of Pomona. The driver of the passenger vehicle was identified at the scene only as a Franklin County resident by Jeff Richards, Franklin County Sheriff. The make and model of the vehicle also were not immediately released.

“There was a west-bound passenger vehicle that crossed over the yellow line,” Richards said. “The driver of the dump truck took evasive action to avoid a collision and they ended up colliding in the eastbound lanes.”

The driver of the passenger vehicle was temporarily trapped inside the vehicle, Richards said. The Pomona Fire Department and Franklin County Emergency Medical Services extricated the man from the vehicle. The driver of the dump truck was not injured.

Richards was unsure of the passenger vehicle driver’s exact condition, he said.

“[The ambulance wasn’t] running hot when they left here, but he’s got some significant injuries,” Richards said. “It didn’t appear, at this time, that they seemed life-threatening.”

The Kansas Highway Patrol is investigating the wreck and K-68 was closed from Delaware Road west to Tyler Street in Pomona.

“Kansas Highway Patrol indicated that they were going to have an aircraft fly over to do some photographs and they are going to be mapping the scene, so it could be closed for a couple hours,” Richards said mid-afternoon Wednesday. “The dump truck is actually owned by the county, so it was a Franklin County worker driving that. Because it is a county worker involved and a commercial vehicle, we had requested [the Kansas Highway Patrol] to come work it because it is a county employee and they had a county vehicle.”

Both vehicles involved in the wreck would have to be towed, Richards said. The passenger vehicle most likely was totaled, he noted, while the dump truck was “in bad shape.”

It was not immediately known if either driver was wearing a seat belt.

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