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NEWS RELEASE: February 13, 2012
FROM:   The Kansas Highway Patrol
CONTACT: Lieutenant Tom Catania (913) 782-8100

Truck in I-35 Crash Located; Driver Unaware Accident had Occurred

Thanks to assistance from the public and from the media, vehicle has been located

The Kansas Highway Patrol is pleased to announce that thanks to assistance from the media and from the public, a vehicle involved in a serious accident last week south of Olathe has been located. Shortly before 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 8, a passenger car rear-ended a truck tractor semi-trailer on I-35 northbound, north of 175th (south of the Olathe city limits). The truck was not at the scene when troopers arrived. The trucking company and driver were unaware that they had been rear-ended until much later.

"Thank you so much to the media who put out the information on the vehicle we were looking for, and to all of the citizens who called us and reported what they observed," said Lieutenant Tom Catania, field supervisor in Troop A. "We really appreciate their assistance, and without them, we probably would not have been able to identify the truck or the driver."

The truck was fully loaded and weighed approximately 80,000 pounds, and the co-drivers were unaware the accident had even occurred. It is not uncommon for occupants of vehicles of this size and weight to be unaware of a crash, if they are struck by a passenger car.

"The trucking company and drivers have been fully cooperative," Catania said. "We don't expect any charges to be filed in this case."

Following the accident, a media release was issued and tips started coming into the Patrol, however no information was available to help identify the company or driver. Witness accounts did place the truck traveling north through Kansas into Missouri, and later placed the truck near the Missouri-Iowa state line. Another release was issued on Thursday, explaining the path the truck followed and that the truck possibly still had the car hood impaled in the rear of the trailer. A call was then received from the Des Moines area of someone who noticed the truck.