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  • Semi versus semi accident near St. John claims life of Haysville man

  • A semi versus semi accident on U.S. Hwy 281 north of St. John claimed the life of a Haysville man just after 7:30 a.m., Friday morning.


    Jeffery S. Ehlert, 40, Haysville, was killed when the International semi-truck he was driving went left of center and was struck by a Kenworth semi-truck that was traveling in the opposite direction.


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  • A semi versus semi accident on U.S. Hwy 281 north of St. John claimed the life of a Haysville man just after 7:30 a.m., Friday morning.
    Jeffery S. Ehlert, 40, Haysville, was killed when the International semi-truck he was driving went left of center and was struck by a Kenworth semi-truck that was traveling in the opposite direction.
    According to reports from the Kansas Highway Patrol, Ehlert was traveling south on U.S. Hwy 281 when he veered left of center and struck a northbound semi driven by James Abel III, 22, Pratt.
    Abel was transported to Stafford County Hospital with only minor injuries.
    The Kenworth, , was hauling seismograph equipment for an oil company out of Pratt. He was traveling in a convoy of four or five other vehicles.
    Ehlert was driving a semi hauling a trailer for O’Reilly Auto parts stores.
    A dense fog covered the crash scene both before and after the accident. Officers did not comment on whether or not visibility was a contributing factor.
    A member of the oil crew that was traveling in the convoy with Abel said he could not see much of anything in the fog.
    “I never even saw the semi,” he said. “All I saw was my guy hit his brakes and try to swerve.”
    Ehlert was taken to Minnis Chapel, St. John. He leaves behind a wife and four children.
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