High winds knock over three trucks on Kansas roadways

| 8/3/2006

A severe thunderstorm that swept through Kansas Wednesday afternoon caused problems for three truckers along Interstate 70.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, winds reported at 100 mph overturned two tractor-trailers in the same area, roughly 15 miles west of the town of Ellsworth.

One truck had pulled over because of heavy rain. The wind was strong enough to push its trailer over, even though it was sitting still.

A second semi was in the left lane when heavy wind toppled it, blocking both eastbound lanes. A third semi was nearby and attempted unsuccessfully to avoid hitting the motionless rig.

Lt. John Eichkorn, a spokesman for the Kansas Highway Patrol, told “Land Line Now” on XM Satellite Radio that truckers traveling through regions like Kansas needed to take extra caution because of the high profile of their vehicles. However, he noted that most are well aware of that hazard.