Thursday, November 27, 2014

Dump truck wreck cause still under investigation

By CLINTON DICK, Herald Staff Writer | 5/23/2014

POMONA — The cause of a head-on collision between a passenger car and a Franklin County dump truck Wednesday on K-68 just east of Pomona was still under investigation Friday afternoon, Master Trooper Dennis Shoemaker, with the Kansas Highway Patrol, said.

Joseph Washington, 59, Ottawa, was transported Wednesday afternoon to Overland Park Regional Medical Center after a 1997 Chevy Lumina he was driving crossed over the yellow center line and collided head-on with a 2006 Peterbilt dump truck on K-68, near Delaware Road, east of Pomona. Washington remained in critical condition at the hospital Thursday.

POMONA — The cause of a head-on collision between a passenger car and a Franklin County dump truck Wednesday on K-68 just east of Pomona was still under investigation Friday afternoon, Master Trooper Dennis Shoemaker, with the Kansas Highway Patrol, said.

Joseph Washington, 59, Ottawa, was transported Wednesday afternoon to Overland Park Regional Medical Center after a 1997 Chevy Lumina he was driving crossed over the yellow center line and collided head-on with a 2006 Peterbilt dump truck on K-68, near Delaware Road, east of Pomona. Washington remained in critical condition at the hospital Thursday.

“I don’t expect [his condition] to change anytime soon,” Christine Hamele, Overland Park Regional Medical Center public information spokesperson, said Thursday.

The Lumina was westbound on K-68 when it collided with the eastbound dump truck driven by Laten Clark, 73, Ottawa, according to a report from the Kansas Highway Patrol. The truck was owned by Franklin County, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.

The collision occurred in a 65 mph speed zone, and the dump truck was heading out of a 55 mph speed zone going eastbound, Shoemaker said.

Washington’s Lumina came to rest facing northwest in the westbound lane and the dump truck came to rest facing east in the south ditch for eastbound traffic, the report said. Washington temporarily was trapped inside the car, Jeff Richards, Franklin County sheriff, said at the scene Wednesday. The Pomona Fire Department and Franklin County Emergency Medical Services extricated the man from the vehicle. Clark, the driver of the dump truck, was not injured.

Washington was wearing a seat belt, the highway patrol report said, but Clark was not.

No citations had been written as of Friday, Shoemaker said.

K-68 was closed Wednesday for about four hours from Delaware Road west to Tyler Street in Pomona while the Kansas Highway Patrol investigated the wreck, Shoemaker said.

Both the car and dump truck were insured, according to a highway patrol report. Both vehicles were totaled, Shoemaker said.

“The front of the dump truck was damaged pretty significantly,” Shoemaker said.

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