Semi Collides With Sumner County Truck West of Wellington Wed.

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Multiple injuries were reported Wednesday morning when a semi collided with a Sumner County road and bridge truck roughly five miles west of Wellington.

Just after 9 a.m., emergency crews were called to U.S. 160 Highway and S. Anson Rd. for the report of an accident. The Kansas Highway Patrol investigated.

51-year-old Brian S. Lemasters, Milan, was westbound on 160 in a 2005 Ford F-350 and attempted to make a left turn onto S. Anson Road, according to the patrol report. The vehicle was approached from behind by a westbound 2001 Peterbilt semi tractor driven by 34-year-old Larry A. Short, Childress, Texas.

Short attempted to pass the county truck on the left when a collision occurred. The county vehicle was pulling an asphalt crack sealer trailer, which detached from the truck and remained in the roadway.

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Following the crash, the county truck rolled and came to a rest on its top in the southwest ditch of U.S. 160. The semi truck came to a stop in the eastbound lane.

Lemasters and a passenger, 24-year-old Avery S. Rademacher, Wellington, were both hospitalized for treatment of injuries. Both have since been released.

Short was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

Photo above: The county truck is shown in the ditch following the collision. (Photo courtesy Sumner NewsCow)

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