Two Men Suffer Injuries in a Crash on 191st Street in Russell County, Kansas, (KS)
RUSSELL COUNTY, KS- Krsl.com writes that two men suffered injuries when a crash took place in Russell County. The incident occurred in the late afternoon when the victims collided with a utility pole.*
Emergency services reported getting multiple calls about a commercial truck that was involved in a collision on 191st at US Highway 281. The wreck occurred near Luray.
The impact broke the utility pole, and the electric company responded to the scene to perform repairs. While the power lines were described as sagging, they do not appear to have been completely down.
The vehicle involved was a 2019 Freightliner truck that was reportedly heading west at the time of the incident. The Russell County Sherriff’s Office stated that the truck entered a ditch and then was airborne before finally striking the pole.
The victims were identified as two 33-year-old men. One of the men is from Greensboro, North Carolina, and the other is from Snellville, Georgia. Responders transported both of the victims to the Russell Regional Hospital.
Commercial truck drivers are legally permitted to travel for eleven hours at a time. The long hours that these drivers face on the road lead to sleep deprivation and severe fatigue. Fatigue can often lead to crashes. Studies found that the risk of a trucker being involved in a wreck is twice as high after the driver has been behind the wheel for eight hours. In 2004, the maximum driving hours were increased from ten to eleven in a sitting. After that change in regulations, truck drivers reported an increase in instances where they fell asleep at the wheel.
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