Texas man hurt in crash

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

A Texas man was injured in a one-vehicle accident early Saturday on U.S. Highway 54.

Wilfredo Hernandez Ramirez, 43, El Paso, Texas, was hurt when the 2012 Freightliner semi tractor he was driving eastbound on U.S. 54 near the junction of the highway and Kansas Highway 3 drifted into the right flat grassy ditch. Ramirez tried to correct the vehicle and a load shifted, causing the truck to turn onto its right side. The vehicle came to rest on its right side in the eastbound lane, a Kansas Highway Patrol report said.

The crash took place about 3:20 a.m. Saturday at milepost 353.8, or a little less than a mile west of the K-3/U.S. 54 junction.

Ramirez was wearing a safety restraint at the time of the accident. He was taken to Allen County Hospital. The semi was towed from the scene.