Daily Archives: 17 January, 2014

Blinding dust kills 3 in 11-vehicle collision in northwest Kansas

Three people died in an 11-vehicle collision prompted by zero visibility created by blowing dust Thursday afternoon in northwest Kansas, authorities said.

The chain-reaction crash occurred at about 2 p.m. on U.S. 83 two miles west of Rexford, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol. That’s about 20 miles northeast of Colby and north of I-70.

Six semi-trailer trucks and five passenger vehicles were involved in the collision, the highway patrol reported. Killed were Leonard Breeden, 51, of Colby; James Perrott, 57, of Perryton, Texas; and Jerold Lamb, 66, of Florissant, Colo.

Six other people were transported to Citizens Medical Center in Colby for evaluation or treatment of injuries, according to the highway patrol.

Winds of 59 miles an hour were clocked at Colby an hour before the collision, said Randy Bowers, a meteorologist with the Goodland branch of the National Weather Service. Winds of 60 miles an hour were recorded in McCook, Neb., about 60 miles to the north.

“The winds were still pretty strong – I’d say 50 to 60 miles an hour – about the time that accident occurred,” Bowers said.

Wichita weather: More sun, more wind

It’ll be sunny and cooler in the Wichita area on Friday – but there won’t be as much wind as the day before, forecasters say.

Gusts could still approach 25 miles an hour out of the northwest. That’s only half the speed of the top winds in the metropolitan area on Thursday.

Highs should reach the mid-40s today, forecasters say. Overnight lows will dip to the low 20s as a few clouds move in, but the weekend should be pleasant.

Highs should reach the upper 50s on Saturday and the low 60s on Sunday, forecasters say. It’ll be sunny, with winds in the teens on Saturday and gusts to the mid-20s.

For more information on current conditions, go to our weather page.