• Daily Leader staff report
Two men ended up in the hospital Tuesday afternoon after a semi rig slammed into a pickup while it was stopped in a construction zone in Haskell County.
Eric L. Solze, 51, of Garden City, had stopped his 2006 Ford pickup in a road construction area at milepost 26, 3.6 miles north of the U.S Highway 160 intersection of U.S Highway 83 in the northbound lane when he was hit by a semi, according to a Kansas Highway Patrol report.
The semi ended up in the east ditch facing north while the pickup came to rest in the west ditch facing south.
Solze was injured in the incident, even though he was wearing a seat belt, and transported to Southwest Medical Center. A SWMC spokesman reported he had been treated and released as of this morning.
The semi that struck Solze’s pickup was a 2001 Freightliner driven by Marvin E. Lara, 52, of Spring, Texas. He, too, was injured and taken to SWMC. Lara was also reported as treated and released as of this morning by SWMC. The KHP report noted it was unknown whether he was using a safety restraint at the time of the incident.