By LARRY PHILLIPS
• Leader & Times
Stanley H. Wilbers, 80, died Wednesday at Wesley Medical Center from injuries he suffered in an early morning collision that day with a semi tractor-trailer north of Liberal on U.S. Highway 83.
The Kansas Highway Report noted Wilbers was driving his 2010 Toyota Tacoma pickup northbound on U.S. Highway 83 3.5 miles north of Liberal when he veered across the center line and struck a southbound semi
At around 5:10 a.m., KHP reported Wilbers struck the semi, which was trying to avoid the collision by moving to its right, “behind the driver’s side front tire and the semi driver’s tires appeared to drive over” Wilbers’ vehicle.
According to emergency dispatcher’s radio traffic, Wilbers had to be extricated from the vehicle mechanically before he could be transported to Southwest Medical Center, where he was then Life Flighted to Wesley Medical Center, where he died
The driver of the 2003 Peterbilt semi, Marco Covarrubias-Esparza, 27, also of Liberal, was not injured in the incident.
Traffic on Hwy. 83 had to be re-routed for approximately five hours while cleanup took place.
The KHP report noted Covarrubias-Esparza was wearing his seatbelt, while Wilbers was not.
Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced by Brenneman Funeral Home.