Man escapes serious injury in tractor, semi-truck accident


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A Marion man driving a tractor/flatbed rig was injured Thursday when a semi-trailer truck attempting to pass on the right side hit the flatbed, sending it through the side of the semi-trailer and the tractor into a ditch, according to officials.

David Krause, 64, driver of the tractor, was airlifted to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, where he was treated and released within three hours after the crash, said Ron Bartel, Krause?s employer.

According to Marion County Sheriff Rob Craft, the semi driver, James B. Johnson, 31, of Sedalia, Mo., was not injured.

The crash happened about 11 a.m., Craft said, with both vehicles traveling east on U.S. High?way 56 near the Orchard Drive exit.

?The driver (of the semi) realized he was coming up on the tractor too fast and swerved to the right to go around him,? Craft said.

?The tractor (and flatbed) was partially on the shoulder when the trailer of the semi impacted the flatbed behind the tractor, resulting in the flatbed going through the semi-trailer.?

During the collision, the flatbed separated from the tractor and the tractor carrying Krause overturned, coming to rest in the south ditch.

The semi came to a stop on the south shoulder, Craft said, with the flatbed protruding from the side of the livestock trailer.

In addition to sheriff officers, other agencies at the scene included the Hillsboro police and fire departments, rescue personnel, Hillsboro Emergency Medical Services and Marion County EMS.


Law enforcement was alerted about the accident by a passing motorist who called 911, Craft said.

Bartel said Monday that as a standard procedure with possible head or neck injuries, local EMS officials couldn?t extract Krause without moving him.

In order to safely transfer him, the top of the tractor was cut off allowing rescue teams to get Krause out that way.

?He had no broken bones,? Bartel said, ?but he did have some bruising and he said he is sore.?

Krause was not wearing a seat belt, but Bartel said the cab kept him inside the tractor and possibly helped him avoid even worse injuries.

Whenever emergency personnel suspect head or neck injuries in an accident, Bartel said he was told that the patient is transported to an out-of-county facility for tests.

?He was lucky,? Bartel said of Krause.

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