Trucking company co-founder dies in crash

| 11/6/2007

Doris “Lorene” Debrick, 76, died in a three-vehicle collision Friday, Nov. 2, in Miami County, KS. Her husband, Arnold E. Debrick, 82, also was injured in the crash. They founded Debrick Truck Lines of Paola, KS, a company of more than 50 trucks now operated by their two sons and two daughters.

The couple was on the way to a family pheasant hunting trip when their Cadillac DeVille was struck at the intersection by an eastbound tractor-trailer that troopers said ran a stop sign on 343rd Street.

Both vehicles then collided with a pickup truck stopped at the stop sign in the westbound lanes of 343rd Street.

The semi-truck driver, who lives in Wichita, KS, was uninjured. The driver of the pickup, Kyle Minden, 40, of Paola, was treated at the scene for minor injuries. No citations or charges were filed as of Friday evening.

The investigation is ongoing.

Land Line spoke to Kevin Debrick, president of the company, on Tuesday, Nov. 6. He said his parents always went early to where the family planned to hunt to prepare for the family’s arrival and to check out the best places to hunt.

The wreck occurred early Friday morning close to the neighborhood where all of the family members lived. They were on the scene within 10 minutes of the crash. Debrick reported that his father is still in the University of Kansas Hospital in serious condition.

The Debricks founded their trucking company in 1958.

– By Sandi Soendker, managing editor