Semi truck hauling cattle is first of two wrecks on Thursday; collision at Holly and Stout Streets sends one to the hospital in Pratt.
Emergency responders were busy Thursday with a semi truck accident late in the morning in the county and a two-vehicle accident in mid afternoon at Stout and Holly that sent one to the hospital.
At 11:31 a.m. emergency vehicles were called to a one-vehicle rollover accident at SW 90th Avenue between SW 50th Avenue and SW 60th Avenue. A northbound Freightliner semi with a load of 66 steers got too close to the right side of the road and the vehicle went into the ditch. The tractor and trailer both laid over on the right side at the edge of a wheat field, said Pratt County Sheriff Lt. Cole Schmidtberger.
The driver, 37-year-old Adam Mills of Lake City, was able to get out of the cab and was uninjured. Pratt County Rescue cut open the top of the trailer to get the cattle out and into a portable corral provided by a local farmer. Other area farmers assisted in getting the cattle out and loaded into smaller cattle trailers, Schmidtberger said.
Pratt County Rescue, Pratt County Sheriff, Pratt County Emergency Services and Pratt County EMS all responded to the scene along with several local farmers.
Mills, who was wearing a seatbelt was not injured in the accident. He was cited for no trailer tag information and disobeying traffic control for going past a road closed sign. More than a dozen steers were killed as a result of the rollover.
City Police and Pratt County EMS were called to a two-vehicle accident at 3:12 p.m. at Stout and Holly. Joseph Thieme, 46 of Pratt, was northbound on Stout in a 1998 GMC work pickup when an eastbound Ford Focus, driven by 69-year-old Curtis Odle of Stafford, failed to yield and pulled into the intersection in front of the GMC, said Pratt Patrol Officer Rebecca Slief.
The pickup hit the Focus in the passenger side door and both vehicles came to a stop on the grass on the northeast corner of the intersection. The drivers side of the Focus was damaged when it scraped a sign post, making it difficult to get the door open. Pratt County Rescue was called to the scene but other emergency workers were able to get the door open before they arrived, Slief said.
Pratt County EMS transported Odle to Pratt Regional Medical Center where he was treated and released.
The other driver was not injured.