By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
A Friday morning call took sheriff’s department officers and other emergency responders south of Champion where a semi-truck trailer collided with a pickup on an access road.
Both vehicles were involved in oil drilling work in that area, according to law enforcement.
Chase County Sheriff Kevin Mueller said the accident injured the pickup driver, who was taken to Chase County Community Hospital for treatment.
The accident occurred on a field access road, about two-tenths of a mile off Ave. 326, seven miles south of Champion. The call came in about 7:20 a.m. Friday.
Adrian Goebel of Great Bend, Kan., was operating a 2006 Kenworth semi-truck owned by Rainbow Trenching, also of Great Bend, and was leaving the field, traveling east on the access road. His company moves equipment for oil drilling companies.
Todd Mersch of Hill City, Kan., was westbound on the access road in a 2010
Chevy pickup. He is employed by Integrity Drilling Co., also of Hill City.
The two trucks collided head-on near a hill, where each did not see the other immediately, Sheriff Mueller said. The field had just been irrigated, too, making the access road muddy, Mueller said, and caused difficulty in getting the pickup stopped.
Mersch sustained a possible broken arm and other lacerations, according to the sheriff’s report. He was taken to the hospital by Imperial EMS. Goebel had no injuries. Both were out of their trucks when emergency responders got to the scene.
The pickup was likely totaled, Mueller indicated. The semi sustained only minor damage.
The Imperial Volunteer Fire Department also assisted at the scene.