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Mark Johnson killed while changing tire on I-70

KANSAS CITY, Mo.  — Mark A. Johnson, a 28-year-old Osawatomie man, was tragically struck and killed Aug. 28 by a tractor-trailer on Interstate 70.

Johnson was westbound in a Chrysler sedan when the vehicle experienced a tire blowout just before 3:30 a.m., according to a local news report.

Johnson stopped the sedan in the outside traffic lane and exited on foot where he was struck by the westbound tractor-trailer traveling in the outside lane. The driver swerved to miss the stopped vehicle and hit nearby Johnson, according to reports from the Kansas City Missouri Police Department.

The tractor-trailer ran off the right shoulder of the roadway and rolled onto its right side.

Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The truck driver was not injured but a passenger in his vehicle was transported to an area hospital with injuries that were not life threatening, officials said.

No additional information on the accident was immediately available.


I am disheartened to learn of another life lost due to tire failure. This news report is different from most of the articles that come across my desk. Generally, when we think of tire defect, we think of cars rolling and head-on collisions. However, the dangers of roadside repairs are just as real as any head-on collision. The facts clearly show that had the tire not failed, Mr. Johnson would likely be with us today.

My deepest condolences to Mr. Johnson’s family during this difficult time.


For over three decades Rob Ammons has concentrated his practice on tire and automotive defect claims, representing clients against tire manufacturers, automakers, tire retailers, and tire service centers. Mr. Ammons’ success against Michelin, BFGoodrich, Uniroyal, Cooper Tire, Goodyear, Dunlop, Bridgestone/Firestone, Continental/General Tire, Kumho Tire, and Yokohama has led to the recall of millions of tires across the country. If you or your loved one have been injured from a defective tire, reach out to Rob Ammons now for a no-cost consultation.

Disclaimer: At Ammons Law, we are constantly seeking to improve the quality and safety of our roads and highways. We post these articles to help improve safety within our community. All of the information contained within this post was compiled from public sources or constitutes the opinion of the author. Photos used are from The Ammons Law Firm archives and not of accidents reported on unless otherwise noted. Please inform us immediately if you identify any false or misleading information.

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