BONNER SPRINGS, KANSAS (July 18, 2017) – A semi truck driver has been charged in an accident that killed 5 people on Interstate 70 on Tuesday, July 11th, according to a local news source. (map)
The accident happened around 2:30 pm on July 11th on Interstate 70 near 174th Street. A tractor trailer driven by 56 year old Kenny Ford was approaching a construction zone where traffic was stopped, and he failed to appropriately brake. He crashed into a 2015 GMC Terrain, and the impact caused the SUV to slam into the center median. The semi truck then hit a 2012 Buick LaCrosse, forcing it into the right side guardrail and into a grassy field. The semi struck a third vehicle, a 2005 Ford Taurus, forcing it under a another tractor trailer. The second tractor trailer then struck another vehicle in front of it, and both semi trucks and the Taurus caught on fire.
Sheldon Cohen and his wife, Virginia Cohen, were the occupants of the Buick LaCrosse. Both were tragically killed. Teresa J. Butler and Virginia Cohen, who were in the GMC Terrain, were also killed. Ricardo Mireles, the sole occupant of the Ford Taurus, was tragically pronounced dead as well. The semi truck responsible for the collision was registered to Indian Creek Express, and driven by Kenny B. Ford from Texas. Ford had been fined three years ago in Missouri for operating a commercial vehicle without proper brakes.
Initial reports and eyewitness accounts indicate that the left lane was completely unoccupied by vehicles at the time of the accident, and it is unknown why Kenny Ford did not deviate into that lane at the time of the accident when he was unable to stop in time. The accident remains under active investigation at this time to determine cause and liability.
“Sadly, there are no words that can comfort all family members and friends affected by this tragic accident,” said the attorneys from Lexton Law Firm. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all those involved.”