Posted: April 6, 2012 - 2:02am
Updated: September 17, 2012 - 4:27am
Latest: According to the family's caringbridge.org page, crash victim Dyllon Butrick, passed away on September 12, 2012. Link to the Dyllon Butrick caringbridge page for further details.
Update: Last updated April 6, 2012 - 9:27am The Kansas Highway Patrol's initial accident report says a 1992 Nissan Pickup was traveling westbound on U.S. 24 Highway, one-quarter of a mile east of Perry. The pickup pulled onto the shoulder. A westbound 2007 Kenworth Semi-truck approached the stopped pickup and moved into the eastbound lane to pass the stopped pickup truck. At the same time the pickup truck pulled back onto the roadway and attempted to make a U-Turn, crashing into the semi-truck.
Investigators say the pickup truck was occupied by two men; 19-year-old, Gary Koelliker, of Highland, Kansas was reported to have been the driver with 20-year-old Dyllon Butrick, of White Cloud, Kansas as a passenger.
Troopers say both men were not wearing seat belts when the crash occurred and they were ejected when the pickup rolled. Both men reportedly suffered life threatening injuries. Koelliker was transported by Jefferson County EMS to Stormont-Vail in Topeka. Butrick was flow to the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.
The driver of the semi-truck, a 39-year-old South Bend, Indiana man, was not injured in the accident.
As of this report, Troopers say they are still investigating if alcohol or any other impairment played a role in causing the accident. No updates were available on either of the injured men's conditions.
Original Post: Last updated April 6, 2012 - 8:45am
The accident was reported at 1:44 a.m. on U.S. Highway 24 just west of U.S. Highway 59, between Williamstown and Perry in Jefferson County.
The Kansas Highway Patrol says that a pickup truck and a tractor trailer collided. Crews on the scene report two people critically injured after they were both ejected.
Crews initially requested that two helicopters respond for transport. LifeStar was sent to the scene from Lawrence and the next closest, available helicopter would have been LifeFlight Eagle, more than 30 minutes from the scene. LifeFlight Eagle was cancelled at that time.
One person was transported to Stormont-Vail in Topeka by Jefferson County EMS. LifeStar transported the second person to the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. Both victims are said to have suffered head injuries.
KDOT closed all lanes of U.S. Highway 24 between Williamstown and Perry. All westbound traffic was redirected to northbound U.S. Highway 59. Eastbound traffic is blocked at Lecompton Road.
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office was also on the scene assisting with traffic control. The Kansas Highway Patrol's Accident Reconstruction Team assisted with investigating the accident.
All lanes were reopened to traffic as 8 a.m. Friday morning.
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