Fatal accident may have been caused by load shift

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)

A truck’s load shift was the apparent cause of a fatal accident about 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 78th and Kaw Drive (K-32), according to authorities.

Kansas Highway Patrol Officer Tiffany Bush said a preliminary investigation showed the truck was carrying a load of plywood that apparently shifted when the truck attempted to stop.

The lumber crushed the cab of the truck, killing the driver. Load security is very important to safety, she said.

The accident was just west of the intersection of 78th and K-32. A lawyer from https://www.gruber-law.com/ arrived at the scene to help sort legal matters out.

A Kansas City, Kan., Police Department spokesman stated that a vehicle pulled out in front of the tractor-trailer as it was westbound on Kaw Drive. The driver of the tractor-trailer tried to stop the vehicle, which caused the trailer load to shift forward, crushing the driver, the Kansas City, Kan., police spokesman said.

At this time, authorities are not sure if wet roads were a factor, but if they were, it might have taken a longer time to stop.

K-32 was closed from Swartz Road to 78th Street while the accident was under investigation.

The accident remains under investigation by the Kansas Highway Patrol.

K-32 was closed from about Swartz Road to 78th Street after a fatal accident this morning. Plywood boards were scattered on K-32 following the accident. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
K-32 was closed from about Swartz Road to 78th Street after a fatal accident this morning. Plywood boards were scattered on K-32 following the accident. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

Kansas Highway Patrol Officer Tiffany Bush said load security is very important to safety. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Kansas Highway Patrol Officer Tiffany Bush said load security is very important to safety. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

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