Jan 14, 2022 1:51 PM

Fatal truck crash in northern Barton County

Posted Jan 14, 2022 1:51 PM

By KEN CARPENTER
Great Bend Post

36-year-old Eric Steinert of rural Russell County was killed in a crash between two large trucks in northern Barton County yesterday at around 12:20 p.m. He was driving a 2005 Mack truck configured as a water hauler southbound on 130 Northeast Avenue. The truck was loaded with water.

66-year-old David Wirth of rural Ellinwood was driving a 1995 Peterbilt truck tractor westbound on Northeast 70th Road. the Peterbilt was loaded with a Kenworth truck-tractor on its semi-trailer. The two vehicles collided at the intersection.

Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said deputies found the trucks completely engulfed in flames and were told that the driver of one of the vehicles was still in the cab.

Steinert was pronounced dead at the scene by the Barton County Coroner's Office. Wirth was transported to the Great Bend hospital by Claflin EMS with non-life-threatening injuries. He was treated and released.

The fire traveled down the ditch on both sides of the roadway setting fire to two fields and multiple round bales of hay that were approximately one-quarter mile away. The Claflin Fire Department was able to bring the blaze under control.