June 18, 2014

Video shows SUV going airborne during Kansas crash

The driver of a Jeep Grand Cherokee drifted on to the right shoulder of Interstate 70 east of Manhattan, Kan., and went airborne after striking a car transport trailer hitched to an unattended truck.

The video of a Jeep Grand Cherokee striking a car transport trailer and going airborne during a north-central Kansas crash is making the rounds on the Internet.

The driver, a 41-year-old Manhattan, Kan., man, was injured in the crash about 9:05 a.m. Tuesday along westbound Interstate 70 about 8 miles east of the Manhattan exit. His injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, according to Trooper Ben Gardner, a spokesman for the Kansas Highway Patrol.

The video shows the driver drifting to the right shoulder of I-70 and running up the back of the trailer, which hitched to a Ford F-350 parked alongside the highway. Nobody was in the truck, according to a preliminary crash report.

The SUV flew into the air, flipped and crashed onto its side near the ditch on the right side of the road.

The driver, who was wearing a seat belt, was taken to a hospital, according to the crash report.

Before the crash, a witness called 911 to report a person was driving erratically and was all over the highway, Gardner said. The witness shot the video to show how bad the driving was.

The video of the crash was posted to YouTube. Gardner later sent a message via Twitter with links to the video and the crash report.

The Kansas Highway Patrol is investigating the crash and looking into whether alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash.

Robert A. Cronkleton, bcronkleton@kcstar.com

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