Truck Hits Large Bull Elk on Interstate Near Salina
Todd Pittenger - Tue 09:31 AM 10/04/2011
Officials say that a truck driver is fortunate to walk away from a crash on Interstate 70 involving a large bull elk.
Kansas Highway Patrol Lt. J.L. Riedel tells KSAL News that the crash happened early Monday morning, a mile east of the Niles Road Exit in Saline County. The elk stepped out in front of a west bound semi.
Riedel says that a Kansas Wildlife and Parks Officer responded to the scene, and confirmed the bull elk.
According to Riedel, bull elk are rare in Central Kansas. They are known to live at the Maxwell Wildlife Refuge, and some have been spotted in the Fort Riley area.
Riedel says that if it had been a small car that hit the elk, which "easily weighed in excess of 600 pounds", the driver may have been seriously injured or killed.
The semi that hit the elk was disabled, and had to be towed away. The driver was not hurt.