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Motorcyclist Killed in Collision with Semi-Trailer

Jonathan Hernandez9 months ago

A motorcyclist was killed in a head on collision with a semi-trailer in Brown County.

Details about the Fatal Motorcycle Collision

The Topeka Capital-Journal is reporting that a motorcyclist was killed on Wednesday in a head on collision with a semi-trailer on US 75 in western Brown County.

According to an accident report from the Kansas Highway Patrol, 77-year-old Arnold Lee Sherrell, of Dripping Springs, was killed in an accident that happened just before 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

The accident happened when Sherrell was riding his 2014 Harley Davidson motorcycle heading north on the two-lane stretch of road when he moved into the southbound lane to pass a semi-trailer that was also heading north.

At the same time, 45-year-old Tonya Vogt was operating a 2006 Wabash semi-trailer in the southbound lane.

Sherrell did not have enough time to pass the semi-trailer and collided head on with the trailer being driven by Vogt. Vogt then lost her steering capabilities and the semi left the highway and caught fire.

Vogt was transported to the Sabetha Community Hospital with injuries that were not considered life threating. Sherrell was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, and Vogt was wearing her seat belt.

Important Information about Motorcycle Accidents

The Insurance Information Institute reports that there are thousands of wrongful deaths every year in the United States that can be associated with motorcycle accidents:

  • There were a total of about 8.4 million motorcycles on the road in 2013.
  • In 2014, 4,586 people were killed in motorcycle accidents in the United States.
  • 39 percent of motorcyclists who were killed in 2014, were not wearing helmets. 

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