A Hays man suffered serious injuries when the pickup he was driving collided with a tractor at the intersection of Boyd Blacktop and U.S. 281/K-4 Thursday afternoon.
Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said the sheriff’s office was notified on an injury crash at the intersection of U.S. 281 and NW 40 Ave., known as the Boyd Blacktop, at about 3:30 p.m.
A 1991 GMC 2500 pickup, operated by Terrence J. Dreiling, 52, of Hays, was northbound on NW 40 Ave. A Versatile four-wheel-drive tractor operated by James Tindall, 60, of rural Hoisington was westbound on U.S. 281, and was in the process of making a left turn onto the blacktop. Investigation at the scene indicates Dreiling’s vehicle failed to stop at the stop sign, striking the tractor in the left rear tires.
Dreiling sustained serious injuries in the collision and was transported to Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington by Hoisington Emergency Medical Services. Tindall was not injured in the collision.
Bellendir said it is believed excessive speed, texting while driving and alcohol may have been possible contributing factors as to why the Dreiling vehicle failed to stop.
The crash is currently under investigation by the Barton County Sheriff’s Office.