Recovery continues for box-truck driver critically hurt in crash near Mount Hope

SEDGWICK COUNTY, Kan. (KWCH) Update Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019

(Courtesy: Lance Chaffin)

The driver of a box truck involved in a Monday afternoon crash with a semi east of Mount Hope continues his recovery at a Wichita hospital.

Thirty-one-year-old Tyler Mason suffered critical injuries in the crash and appears to have a long road to healing ahead. Looking back at the scene Monday afternoon at K-96 and 101st Street north, a witness says it's a miracle Mason survived.

The KHP says Mason was driving the box truck along K-96 going east. Troopers say the semi was trying to turn west and was blocking the eastbound lane. The KHP says Mason couldn't avoid the collision.

Trevor Stieben says he and his son pulled over and prayed for the driver later identified as Mason.

"You just saw the damage, the wreckage and it just looked terrible and bad, bad news," Stieben says.

He says more than luck, someone was looking out for Mason.

"You never know, so make sure you tell the ones you love (that) you love them and when you leave, say goodbye. You never know, so be thankful."

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Monday, Dec. 9, 2019

One person is in critical condition after a crash east of Mt. Hope.

The accident happened around 3:30 p.m. at K-96 & 101st St. N.

The Kansas Highway Patrol crash logs say 31 year old Tyler Mason was critically hurt.

The KHP says Mason was driving the box truck along K96 going east. Troopers say the semi was trying to turn west and was blocking the eastbound lane. The KHP says Mason couldn't avoid the collision.

KHP says Mason was the only person hurt in the crash.