Accident Closes Downtown Wichita Roadway

By: KAKE News Email
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UPDATE: Friday, November 18, 2011

A stretch of traffic in downtown Wichita could be closed through the weekend, after a trash truck damaged a bridge overpass.

It happened near Kellogg and Seneca during the lunch-hour Friday.

Jodi Lightner was inside the Bluebird Art House on Douglas when she heard the loud sound of cable snapping as a truck driver hit a pole and power lines.

“We first got calls that a truck hit a pole and power lines at Douglas and Seneca,” said Sgt. Jerry Quick, Wichita Police. “Then we had multiple calls that a truck struck the overpass of the bridge.”

Police say the driver forgot to lower the lift on the truck after loading a container near the 800 block of W. Second St.

Authorities diverted traffic, and closed off both north and southbound drivers on Seneca, to inspect the damage. One westbound lane on Kellogg was also closed.

“It’s going to cause a lot of problems for commuters going home,” Quick said.

Tom Hein, KDOT spokesman, said state transportation officials from Topeka will be on hand to make sure the overpass is structurally sound.

The driver was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for minor injuries. No one else was hurt.

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November 18, 2011

A truck is blamed for a traffic mess in downtown Wichita over the lunch hour.

A truck hit bridge pillars near Kellogg and Seneca at approximately 12:30 p.m. Police officers shut down the westbound lanes of Kellogg near Seneca.

The Kansas Department of Transportation was called to see to determine the extent of damage to the pillars.

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