LOUISBURG — A cyclist from Olathe sustained minor injuries when she was struck by a semi-truck carrying a combine at about 12:30 p.m. Sunday, June 30, on Kansas Highway 68 near the Louisburg Cider Mill.
A 2003 Kenworth driven by Spencer Aldrich of Kingsville, Mo., carrying a combine on a flat-bed, was eastbound on K-68 when it struck Tobi Jeurink, who was riding her bicycle east on K-68, between the fog line and the shoulder, according to a Miami County Sheriff’s Office report.
As the Kenworth approached the cyclist, Aldrich said he noticed the vehicles in front of him were slowing down. He observed the cyclist riding east, according to the sheriff’s report.
Aldrich told sheriff’s deputies he was unable to move the semi-truck over, with his over-sized combine load, and sounded his air horn to alert the cyclist. Jeurink was unable to move over and a rear tire of the combine struck her, according to the report.
Jeurink was thrown from her bicycle and suffered minor injuries, according to the sheriff’s report.
She was part of a large group of cyclists participating in the Cider Mill Century Bike Ride. The ride, which started and ended at the Louisburg Cider Mill, traveled through Miami and Linn counties.