Semi rollover delays traffic at U.S. 75 roundabout

Kansas Department of Transportation is advising drivers to expect delays at the roundabout at state highways 31 and 268 and U.S. Highway 75 due to a truck tipped over.

The crash occurred about 1 p.m. today, Wednesday, Aug. 5, and law enforcement and KDOT crews are on the scene.

The truck and semi-trailer, loaded with meat products, is on its right side on the southwest side pie island of the roundabout. The driver remained at the scene and was uninjured.

A light tower pole was knocked down at intersection and power has been cut to the damaged pole. The roundabout is expected to be fully reopened in two to three hours, although traffic is flowing cautiously and steadily through the intersection.

KDOT is to announce when the roadway is fully opened.



5 Responses to Semi rollover delays traffic at U.S. 75 roundabout

  1. scottrab says:

    Modern roundabouts are designed for trucks, large vehicles, and trailer towing vehicles by including the center flat area around the circle. It’s not a sidewalk, it’s called a truck apron, and it’s for trucks to begin a sharp right or end a left or U-turn on.

  2. Janice says:

    The roundabout is not big enough.

    • scottrab says:

      Modern roundabouts are the safest form of intersection in the world.
      The safety comes from the ‘slow and go’ operation instead of the ‘stop or go fast’ way a stop light works. The smaller size of properly designed modern roundabouts is what makes them safer and keeps speeds in the 20 mph (30 kph) range. This makes it much easier to avoid a crash or stop for pedestrians. It also means that if a crash happens the likelihood of injury is very low. Safety is the #1 reason there are over 3,200 modern roundabouts in the US today and many more on the way.

    • kjeff says:

      It is big enough, making it bigger would result in faster truck traffic and more accidents, defeating the safety design purpose. The roundabouts in Emporia/KTA interchange may have been"big enough" but had to be modified to slow down trucks because truck rollover accidents were becoming common.

  3. kjeff says:

    It is not a race track, people need to slow down. Sometimes I hear tires screeching as I observe drivers go through this roundabout too fast, The laws of physics will win.

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