On May 24, 2016, at approximately 5:25 p.m., Catherine Cranmer, 23, was traveling northbound on U.S. Highway 77, when a tractor-trailer crossed her path as the truck driver attempted to cross Highway 77 on N Summit Road. Ms. Cranmer’s Infiniti crashed into and went under the semitrailer.
Ms. Cranmer was transported to South Central Kansas Medical Center for treatment of disabling injuries suffered in the crash.
The truck driver was not injured. The crash is under investigation by the Kansas Highway Patrol.
Trucks with weak underride guards, or none at all, offer little to no protection for motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians who can possibly crash into the sides or rear of a truck and trailer. Rear underride guards are required on many trucks and trailers, but the standard is antiquated and ineffective in preventing underride crashes from becoming injurious or fatal. Overall, more than 4,000 people are killed and 100,000 injured in large truck crashes every year in the United States and a portion of the preventable fatal crashes involve underride.