GARDEN CITY, Kan. (KSNW) — A major highway was closed in Finney County after two semi-trucks carrying cattle collided just before 8:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.
The Garden City Police Department said that the two semi-trucks carrying cattle crashed at the intersection of Kansas Highway 156 and Kansas Highway 23, about 21 miles east of Garden City.
According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, a 2008 Kenworth Semi was traveling west on K-156 while a 2004 Kenworth Semi was making a left turn out of a rest area to travel east on K-156 at the same location. The 2004 Semi failed to yield at a stop sign and turned in front of the 2004 Semi. The 2008 Semi struck the trailer of the 2004 Semi and “cut the trailer in half.”
The 2008 Semi sustained significant front-end damage and came to a rest in the south ditch of K-156. The 2004 Semi was disabled in the middle of the highway.
The driver of the 2008 Semi was a 27-year-old Kansas woman. She received “suspected serious injuries.” The KHP states she was not wearing a seat belt.
The driver of the 2004 Semi was a 23-year-old Kansas man. He received no apparent injuries. The KHP states that he was wearing a seat belt.
The Kansas Department of Transportation closed the road so that emergency crews could work to get the cattle free from the wreckage.
One of the semis was hauling 33 cattle. Troopers are still trying to find out how many were in the other truck. As of 3:30 p.m., 12 cattle are dead.
Trooper Michael Racy said it appears the crash was weather-related due to the dense fog that was in the area at the time.