A truck traveling west on Interstate 70 from Commerce Parkway on Tuesday morning struck an overpass and lost an oilfield tank it was hauling.
No one was injured, and the Kansas Department of Transportation determined that damage to the bridge was minimal, according to Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Tod Hileman.
“It did take a small notch out,” Hileman said, “but KDOT engineers came out and said there was nothing structural wrong with it.”
The mishap occurred in an area where construction is underway on the Interstate, but no one was in the work zone at the time.
Tony L. Clark, 48, Hays, was driving the 2006 Mack winch truck for Berexco Inc., Hays, westbound on I-70 at 8:44 a.m.
Clark was moving a tank to an oilfield location when the tall tank struck the bridge, became dislodged from the truck and rolled into the median, where it came to rest, according to Det. Brian Shannon, Ellis County Sheriff’s Office.
“It was just too tall,” Shannon said. “Luckily it didn’t end up in the lane of travel.”
The 27th Street overpass is about a quarter mile west of Commerce Street Parkway, said Hileman.