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Driver says he rolled his semi truck because he was distracted by a toothache


A truck driver gave police an unusual excuse for why he crashed his tractor trailer on the Kansas Turnpike early this morning.

The crash happenedĀ on the Kansas Turnpike at mile marker 188 on November 23 just before 1 a.m. according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Kansas troopers say that 50 year truck driverĀ David Ngatia was westbound on the turnpike when he “was distracted by a toothache, and he rested his chin on his hand.” This reportedly caused Ngatia to drift over onto the shoulder of the roadway. Police say that Ngatia overcorrected, crossed over two lanes and then became fearful that he would hit the concrete barrier in the center median. He overcorrected again and this time his truck rolled over onto its side, coming to a stop blocking all three westbound lanes of the turnpike.

A copy of the Kansas Highway Patrol report can be seen below:

No injuries were reported.

All westbound lanes of the Kansas Turnpike were shut down for about two hours while crews worked to remove the crashed truck.

It isn’t clear whether charges will be filed at this time.


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