UPDATE: Charges Filed In Deadly Turnpike Crash

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Charges have been filed in connection to a chain reaction accident that led to a man's death.

Last Wednesday on March 20th, two men bought four school buses in Columbia, Missouri and were driving them back to Mexico. Each of them was driving one bus and towing another.

One of the buses got a flat tire and the driver stopped on the Kansas Turnpike near mile marker 46 in southeast Wichita. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, he then stopped and disconnected the homemade hitch then turned the other bus around, going the wrong direction, and parked it in front of the one that was disabled.

As the two buses were sitting in the roadway, a semi and another car approached. The driver of the semi was able to avoid the buses by braking and moving to the inside traffic lane. The car behind the semi slowed down as well, but was rear-ended by a third vehicle and pushed into the rear axle of the semi.

The driver of the car that hit the semi had to be extricated from his vehicle, and was later pronounced dead. He's been identified as 60-year-old Donald E. Putman of Wichita, who was on his way home from a shift at Beechcraft. No other injuries were reported.

The men who purchased the buses were both arrested soon after. They're identified as 45-year-old Alfonso Cano-Corral of Juarez, Mexico and 57-year-old Ubaldo Corea-Madrid of El Paso, Texas.

Friday afternoon, both men made first appearances in Sedgwick County District Court. They were each charged with one count of vehicular homicide, making false information, no proof of insurance, no valid driver's license, improper tires, driving the wrong way on a one-way street and improper u-turn.

They are each being held on a bond of $100,000 and their preliminary hearings have been scheduled for April 4th.

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