Non-injury accident SW 49th and Topeka Blvd
On April 30th, 2019 at 1534 hours the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office received a call about an accident at SW 49th St and SW Topeka Blvd involving a tractor trailer and a pole. Additional calls came in that utility lines were hanging low and causing traffic issues. Once deputies were on scene the northbound and southbound lanes of Topeka Blvd were shut down for the safety of motorists in that area.
The investigation on scene determined that a tractor trailer (operated by Pam Transport) was southbound on Topeka Blvd and began to turn west onto SW 49th St, but had to drive into the north ditch due to a vehicle that was eastbound. The rear corner of the trailer clipped a utility pole on the north side of SW 49th St, which is believed to have caused a utility line to hang low across Topeka Blvd. Another tractor trailer (operated by Crete Carrier Corp), which was southbound on Topeka Blvd, followed the traffic ahead and turned east at 49th St to drive down the frontage road on the east side of Topeka Blvd. This tractor trailer caught the low hanging utility line, which caused damage to the roof of the trailer and pulled over two more utility poles.
The drivers of the tractor trailers were wearing seatbelts when the accident occurred and neither was injured. Neither driver was cited in this accident. The northbound and southbound lanes of Topeka Blvd were opened back up for normal traffic around 2000 hours.