Slick roads to blame for deadly wreck and officer-involved crash - KCTV5


Slick roads to blame for deadly wreck and officer-involved crash

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The weather is being blamed for many crashes around the metro Friday, including one that turned deadly and another that hurt a police officer.

It was a terrible crash along Interstate 35 just south of Olathe, KS, in Johnson County.

Troopers with the Kansas Highway Patrol said a man was killed when he was pinned between two semi-trucks.

Troopers say the driver, later identified as 71-year-old Walter Ray Burke from California, had pulled in at a weigh station. He got out of his truck and was walking around behind it when another semi-truck pulled in behind him.

Troopers say the second driver lost control on the slippery surface and couldn't stop so he skidded into Burke and pinned him between the two trucks.

The semi-truck was traveling at a slow speed because the driver was pulling off into the weigh station but, despite that, he or she was still unable to stop.

The officer-involved wreck happened at Interstate 435 westbound at Metcalf Avenue about 8:10 p.m. Friday. The officer was dealing with another vehicle that had wrecked while driving on the ice when a third driver slid and hit the back of the police car, pushing it into the concrete median.

The officer was inside the car at the time.

The officer and driver of the third vehicle were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

This came after another officer slipped on the icy roadway while responding to an accident at 127th Street and Nieman Road about 4:45 p.m. Friday. The officer was taken to the hospital with minor injuries as well.

With the icy roads, police are reminding people to travel with care and caution. If you find yourself approaching a stationary emergency vehicle, please remember to slow down and move to a lane away from the emergency vehicle if possible.

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