Update: Quick action by passersby saves woman's life

Updated: Oct 6, 2021

PARKER – A Fulton woman was severely injured last Thursday, Sept. 2, when the motorcycle she was a passenger on collided with a truck at Kansas Highway 7 and K-152 at about 3:20 p.m. Tammy L. Grimes, 51, suffered fractures in both legs and was taken by air ambulance to Overland Park Regional Hospital.

The driver of the motorcycle, John Marsh, 63, also of Fulton, received a head injury and was taken to Overland Park Regional by ambulance. The driver of the truck, Michael Payton, 27, of Stigler, Okla., was not injured.

Payton was driving a Ford F450 as a pilot truck for highway stripe painting on K-7, which had recently been repaved. The truck is owned by Advanced Workzone Service of Muskogee, Okla.

According to the Linn County Sheriff’s Office report by Sgt. Tanner Ogden, the motorcycle was following the truck northbound on K-7 to the K-152 intersection, where Payton attempted to make a u-turn. A sign on the truck apparently created a blind spot that prevented the driver from seeing the motorcycle.

The impact occurred at low speeds.

Deputies arriving at the scene found Marsh laying next to the motorcycle with a head injury above his left eye and an injury to his left arm. He was conscious and alert, so Ogden moved on to the second victim.

Grimes, who was lying on the shoulder of K-7, had an open femur fracture on her left leg that had been bleeding profusely, according to the report. The broken bone protruded from the skin and the pants she wore.

Passersby had fashioned a tourniquet from a belt and a stick for the the left leg to stop the blood loss. Officials at the scene, including the Linn County Fire Department and county ambulance crews, believe the quick thinking by those passersby likely saved Grimes’ life.

The truck had minor damage to the driver side head lamp and bumper area. The Honda motorcycle had minor damage to the decorative framing and a hard saddle bag. No skid marks from braking were found and only a small amount of debris on scene.

Deer and motorcycle collision

LA CYGNE – No one was apparently injured when a deer jumped onto the roadway on Kansas Highway 152 and struck a motorcycle. The accident occurred about 1.4 miles west of the U.S. Highway 69 interchange.

The accident was not called into the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, and deputies found the 2020 Harley Davidson motorcycle sitting upright on the eastbound side of the road about 6 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 29. The collision apparently caused the motorcycle to tip over and slide on its right side.

When deputies began investigating, they found the primary owner of the motorcycle was April Green-Farrell, who arrived to talk with deputies. She identified the driver as her husband, Glenn D. Farrell, 45.

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