According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, at approximately 6:17 p.m. a strong gust of wind blew over an eastbound tractor-trailer near milepost 137, about 2 miles east of Ogallah. The wind lifted the trailer causing the entire rig to roll onto its driver’s side, blocking both lanes of eastbound traffic. The driver, 52-year-old Steven Paugh of Richmond, Kansas was taken to Trego County-Lemke Memorial Hospital with undisclosed injuries.
Another accident occurred at the same time and location in the westbound lanes of I-70. The Kansas Highway Patrol report that a 2005 Chevy pick-up was pulling a camper when the wind gust also blew it over on its side. The driver, 61-year-old Dennis Gerdes of Idyllwild, California was not injured in the accident, but his passenger, 60-year-old Darcy Gerdes was transported to Trego County-Lemke Memorial Hospital with possible injuries.
All parties in both accidents were wearing seat belts. The wind gust that caused the accidents was reported to be 70 mph.