Driver in fatal accident identified

A truck's load shift is the apparent cause of a fatal accident this morning on K-32 near 78th Street in Kansas City, Kan. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
A truck’s load shift is the apparent cause of a fatal accident this morning on K-32 near 78th Street in Kansas City, Kan. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

The Kansas Highway Patrol has identified the truck driver who died in a fatal accident this morning on westbound K-32 at 78th as William R. Ferguson Jr., 45, of Leavenworth Kan.

He was driving a 2005 Sterling truck registered in Missouri at about 8:50 a.m. when he braked suddenly, according to the report, causing a load of lumber to shift and crush the truck’s cab.

He braked suddenly because a 79-year-old Basehor, Kan., woman driving a Ford passenger car turned in front of him, according to the trooper’s report.

The 79-year-old woman was taken to an area hospital, according to the report. The report stated she was not injured.

KCK man’s vehicle slides into ditch off 182nd

A Kansas City, Kan., man was in an accident at 8:47 a.m. Feb. 17 when his vehicle slid off the road at 182nd Street and Metro Avenue near Tonganoxie, Kan., in Leavenworth County.

The 58-year-old Kansas City, Kan., man was taken to a hospital in Kansas City, Kan., with a possible injury, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol trooper’s report.

He was driving a Toyota car when he slid through the intersection, striking the ditch, according to the trooper’s report.

K-32 reopens to traffic

K-32 reopened to traffic as of 3:30 p.m. Feb. 17, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation.

The highway had been closed from Swartz Road to 78th after a fatal traffic accident this morning.

The driver of a truck was killed this morning when the load of lumber he was carrying shifted and crushed the truck’s cab. See story, http://wyandottedaily.com/fatal-accident-may-have-been-caused-by-load-shift/.