Truck rollover closes K-31 for 4 hours Friday

A sheriff’s office drone photo shows a wrecker removing a crashed truck and trailer from the ditch after its load had been removed.

A truck rollover accident early Friday morning caused state Highway 31, east of Osage City, to be closed for several hours. According to the Osage County Sheriff’s Office, around 4:52 a.m. May 5, 2017, emergency dispatch received a 911 call about a semi-trailer roll-over accident at K-31 and Wanamaker Road, about two miles east of Osage City.

Deputies found the 2001 Kenworth truck and trailer driven by Gerard Lowrance, 56,  Osage City, had turned too wide while turning west onto the highway from Wanamaker, and the truck went onto the shoulder. While on the shoulder the trailer, loaded with fly ash, rolled over to its side. The load had to be removed before the truck and trailer could be recovered from the ditch.

Lowrance was not hurt in the accident. The highway was opened to regular traffic around 9:30 a.m.

Osage City Fire District No. 2, Osage County EMS, and the Kansas Department of Transportation assisted with the accident.

Photo thanks to the Osage County Sheriff’s Office.

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