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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Dairy Creamer spill snarls traffic in Johnson County

Posted: March 11, 2012 - 1:57pm
Updated: March 12, 2012 - 2:12am

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The Kansas Highway Patrol says that at approximately 1:42 p.m., a 2003 Chevrolet Suburban, with five occupants, was traveling northbound on the inside lane of Interstate 35 when it hydroplaned on the wet pavement and struck the inside concrete barrier.

A 2006 Western Semi-tanker was also traveling northbound, in the middle lane, when the Suburban crashed. The driver of the semi-tanker attempted an evasive maneuver, struck the Suburban, then crashed into the concrete barrier wall. The tanker trailer detached and went over the barrier wall, overturned and came to rest on the inside lane of southbound Interstate 35, where it began to spill its liquid load.

Johnson County Med-Act confirms that one adult, the Suburban's driver, was critically injured. The other occupants of the Suburban, including three pediatrics and a second adult also suffered minor injuries. The tractor trailer's driver refused medical treatment at the scene.
Photo provided by Kansas City SCOUT

Firefighters confirmed, with the truck's driver, that the leaking liquid is "dairy creamer" and that it is not a hazard.

The accident and dairy creamer spill that followed caused both northbound and southbound traffic to be completely shut down. Northbound lanes were reopened just before 3:15 p.m., and the southbound lanes were able to be reopened about an hour later.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says, 38-year-old, James Martin, of Gardner, Kansas, was driving the Chevrolet Suburban. His passengers were; 34-year-old Cimberly Martin, 7-year-old Pierson Martin, 12-year-old Tristen Martin, and 9-year-old Gaven Martin.

Troopers also say that 64-year-old, Terry Dean Shea, of Longmont, Colorado, was driving the semi-tanker.
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