Pickup Attempts U-Turn, Hits Semi On US-24

WILLIAMSTOWN, Kan. (WIBW) -- US-24 highway near Perry in Jefferson County opened around 8 a.m. Friday morning after a traffic accident closed all lanes eastbound and westbound.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reports the accident happened about 1:44 a.m. on US-24, one-quarter mile east of Perry.

According to the KHP Online Crash Log, a pickup driven by Gary Koelliker, 19, of Highland, was traveling west on US-24. Dyllon Butrick, 20, of White Cloud, was a passenger in the truck.

A semi was traveling behind the truck when the pickup pulled off onto the shoulder. The semi moved over into the east lane to pass the pickup. KHP reports that Koelliker pulled the truck back out and attempted a u-turn, crashing into the semi.

Neither Koelliker nor Butrick were wearing a seat belt, according to KHP. Koelliker was taken to Stormont Vail Hospital. Butrick was flown to KU Medical Center by Lifestar. The semi driver - who is from Indiana - did not report injuries.

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