The Richardson County Sheriff’s Department responded to three separate rollover accidents Monday, Sept. 28. Calls came in at 10:50 a.m., 1:32 p.m. and 5:49 p.m.
RC Deputies Roland Merwin and Jeff Frederick, along with members of the Humboldt Fire Dept. and Humboldt Rescue, responded in the late-morning hours after a gravel truck driven by Timothy Rotkvic, 29, of Falls City, blew a tire and rolled over one-half mile west of Stella on Highway 62. The eastbound vehicle came to rest on the north side of the road on its top. Rotkvic was transported to the Nemaha County Hospital in Auburn for treatment of minor injuries.
Early in the afternoon, the 19-year-old driver of a loaded dump truck was transported by Humboldt Rescue to Johnson County Hospital in Tecumseh after his vehicle rolled on Highway 105, approximately four and one-half miles north of Highway 4, near 718 Road. The truck, which is owned by G.I.G. Trucking, of Lincoln, was filled with milled asphalt, as Highway 105 is currently being resurfaced. The accident remains under investigation by Deputy Merwin, as well as members of the Pawnee County Sheriff’s Department.
Another 19-year-old was injured later that afternoon when the southbound car he was driving left the roadway on 641 Avenue, one-half of a mile north of 703 Trail — the Honey Creek Schoolhouse Road — and came to rest on its top in the middle of a cornfield.
RC Sheriff Don Pounds and Deputy Frederick responded to the 5:49 p.m. call, as did RC Highway Supt. Scott Huppert, and members of the Nemaha County (KS) Sheriff’s Department and Ambulance Squad.
Michael Wiltz, 19, of Sabetha, KS, was transported to Sabetha Community Hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries. The vehicle was totaled. Speed was a factor, according the RCSO report.