Trucker Killed After Motorist Makes Deadly Pass Attempt
Parsons, Kansas – A truck driver lost his life Friday afternoon in a fiery two-vehicle crossover crash along a rural highway in Kansas.
According to Kansas Highway Patrol (KHP), truck driver Harry Pierce, 52, of Torrington, Wyoming was traveling eastbound along U.S. Highway 400 just west of Parsons at approximately 4:24 p.m. when motorist Steven Bradford, 39, of Jetmore, Kansas was traveling westbound.
Bradford was driving a pickup truck and attempted to pass a semi on the two lane stretch of highway, according to witnesses.
Bradford then collided head-on with Pierce.
According to sources Transportation Nation Network (TNN) has spoken with, investigators at the crash scene revealed Pierce likely had very little time to avoid the head-on collision.
TNN has also learned Pierce survived the initial crash.
Witnesses observed him able to make his way out of the semi, along with helping Blue, his dog, out as well.
A witness to the scene said the semi then burst into flames fatally injuring Pierce in the blast.
KHP also confirmed Bradford, who TNN has learned is a former cattle hauler and owns a diesel mechanic business in Jetmore, perished from injuries sustained in the crash.
“All Around Great Guy”
Pierce, a military veteran, was an owner operator hauling for Carthage Marine Transport (CMT) based in Reeds, Missouri.
Jeff Aleman is an owner operator who hauls for CMT and who has known Pierce for about a year.
He told TNN on Saturday Pierce will be deeply missed.
“He’s all around a great guy,” Aleman said. “He would look out for others before himself and that definitely made him the guy he was.”
TNN has confirmed Pierce’s beloved Blue survived the blast and is being transported back to Pierce’s widow, Monica, in Torrington.
Aleman said that’s just what Pierce would have wanted because the two of them were inseparable.
“You never saw Harry without Blue. I’m pretty sure Blue wore the pants in the truck. Harry had a hard time telling her no,” Aleman said.
TNN will continue to monitor any new developments.