Lawrence, KS — Two people were sent to the hospital following an accident involving a semi-truck in Lawrence, Kansas, on Wednesday, January 28, 2015. The accident took place on Highway 24, around 2:00 in the afternoon.
Police identified Joseph Sauer as the man who driving east in the westbound lane of 24, as he tried to pass a semi-truck being driven by Kevin Hooper. Hooper slowed his truck to make a left-hand turn near the Hamm Sanitary Landfill. Sauer crashed into the truck, and his vehicle became wedged beneath the trailer.
Paramedics took Sauer to Kansas City Hospital. There’s been no report on his current condition. Hooper sustained possible injuries and was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
The accident is currently under investigation.
Scene of the Accident
Truck drivers are trained for just this sort of situation. Their trucks are outfitted with plenty of mirrors that are going to let the driver see if there’s any oncoming traffic that he needs to yield to before making a turn like this. Beyond that, the other vehicle involved here was a Buick. It wasn’t a motorcycle. The driver of the truck doesn’t have any excuse for not being able to see that. If there was any chance that an oncoming vehicle could have been coming his way, the driver should have been more careful, stopped, and looked. It may have avoided this accident. Look, I wasn’t at the scene. I didn’t see this happen, so it’s possible there’s something I’ve missed here. But right now it seems that the truck driver has got some questions he needs to answer.
— Grossman Law Offices