Archive for Thursday, March 22, 2007

Wind, draft blow cyclist off highway

March 22, 2007

An Atchison man is a believer in the drafts a semi-truck can create on a highway.

Robert Pennington, 53, Atchison, was driving his motorcycle about 4:15 p.m. March 13 north on U.S. Highway 73 near milepost 37 when he passed a semi-truck that was heading south on U.S. 73. Pennington told officers with the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office he lost control of his motorcycle because of high winds and the tailwind from the truck.

Pennington went off the road onto the grass. He told officers the grass was bumpy and he laid down the bike. Pennington suffered a possible broken collarbone, but refused Leavenworth County Emergency Medical Service treatment.

The Kansas Highway Patrol also assisted.

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