Posted: February 8, 2012 - 7:14am
Updated: February 9, 2012 - 4:54pm
Related Story: Tractor Trailer involved in Gardner accident located
Update: The Kansas Highway Patrol says that 33-year-old, Nikki McClure, was driving northbound on Interstate 35 in the right lane at normal highway speeds. McClure's vehicle, a 2000 Hyundai, approached the rear of a slower moving tractor trailer, also in the right lane. The Hyundai struck the rear of the tractor trailer and left the east side of the highway. The vehicle came to a stop against a KDOT fence, while the tractor trailer continued northbound.
McClure was transported to Overland Park Regional Medical Center where she gave birth to a healthy baby girl. The baby is said to be doing just fine. McClure remains in critical but stable condition according to a statement from her husband.
Troopers continue to seek information regarding the tractor trailer which was struck in the accident. Witnesses reported that the trailer was white or gray and that the truck was white, both were described as very dirty. Troopers say the rear end protection of the trailer should have significant damage, possibly with a piece of the victim's vehicle impaled. Witnesses have reported spotting a possible tractor trailer as far north as the Missouri-Iowa state line on Interstate 35.
The Kansas Highway Patrol would like to speak with the driver and/or occupants of the involved tractor trailer, as well as anyone who might have witnessed the incident around 7 a.m., Wednesday morning. Anyone with information is asked to call Kansas Highway Patrol Lieutenant Tom Catania at 913-782-8100.
Emergency crews are on the scene of a serious accident in the northbound lanes of Interstate 35 near 167th Street, just north of Gardner. The accident was reported just before 7 a.m..
Johnson County Fire District No. 1 arrived on scene and reported one vehicle off of the highway with heavy damage and one person trapped in the vehicle.
Crews worked for just under 20 minutes to extricate the, 33-year-old, woman from the vehicle. The woman is also said to be 7-8 month pregnant. The Kansas Highway Patrol confirms that her injuries are critical. As of 7:30 a.m., the woman has arrived at a Kansas City area Hospital for treatment.
Law Enforcement from Gardner, Johnson County Sheriff's Office and the Kansas Highway Patrol are all in the area. Initial reports indicate that the vehicle was forced off of the roadway by or possibly struck a tractor trailer. That tractor trailer did not stop at the scene and Law Enforcement has very limited information on the involved tractor trailer.
The Kansas Highway Patrol says that it is possible the driver of the tractor trailer was unaware that an accident had occurred.
According to a statement from the Kansas Highway Patrol, the tractor trailer is described as "closed box trailer" and "evidence at the scene suggests the truck may also have icy built up on it from traveling through icy areas." The rear of the trailer should also have "significant damage to the rear end protection system." Witnesses were unable to provide a color or any significant markings on the truck or trailer. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Kansas Highway Patrol at 913-782-8100.
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