Truck goes airborne, strikes school building

By John Richmeier
Leavenworth Times – January 28, 2015

Leavenworth police Officers Ezekiel Stevenson and Wendy Cook look at tire marks left on the side of a building at Xavier Catholic School by a vehicle that had been airborne. The officers were at the scene Tuesday, the day after the crash, to take measurements of the scene. Photo by John Richmeier.

Leavenworth police Officers Ezekiel Stevenson and Wendy Cook look at tire marks left on the side of a building at Xavier Catholic School by a vehicle that had been airborne. The officers were at the scene Tuesday, the day after the crash, to take measurements of the scene. Photo by John Richmeier.

Two people were taken to the hospital after a truck went airborne, struck a school building and overturned, a Leavenworth police spokesman said.

The crash was reported at 5:17 p.m. Monday at Xavier Catholic School, 541 Muncie Road.

A 26-year-old Lansing man reportedly was driving a 2007 Ford F-150 pickup on Muncie Road at a high rate of speed. He allegedly was driving west, which would mean the truck was traveling the wrong way on a one-way street, said Maj. Dan Nicodemus, deputy chief of the Leavenworth Police Department.

“The truck left the roadway on the south side of Muncie,” Nicodemus said.

The truck reached an embankment and went airborne. It struck the north side of a building on the Xavier campus, leaving tire marks on the exterior wall.

“The truck came to rest on its top,” Nicodemus said.

The driver was transported to Saint Luke’s Cushing Hospital. The truck’s passenger, a 24-year-old Leavenworth man, was taken to Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

“They were taken (to the hospital) to be checked out,” Nicodemus said.

The deputy chief said police believe the driver may have been impaired at the time of the crash.

The driver has been cited for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving the wrong way on a one-way street and driving recklessly.



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