Jul 30, 2021 4:45 PM

Wayward trailer tire disables Mercedes Benz on I-70

Posted Jul 30, 2021 4:45 PM
A tire from a trailer traveling in the opposite direction disabled this Mercedes Benz&nbsp; Thursday night on Interstate 70 in Saline County.<b> </b>Photos Saline County Sheriff's Office
A tire from a trailer traveling in the opposite direction disabled this Mercedes Benz  Thursday night on Interstate 70 in Saline County. Photos Saline County Sheriff's Office

By LESLIE EIKLEBERRY
Salina Post

Two people from Manhattan were slightly injured when a trailer tire disabled a Mercedes Benz on Interstate 70 northeast of Salina.

Just after 11:30p.m.Thursday, a 2013 Chevrolet Traverse driven by Paul Wilson, 47, Collinsville, Ill., was westbound on Interstate 70 just west of Niles Road pulling a flatbed trailer with a utility task vehicle on it, according to Saline County Sheriff Roger Soldan. The left tire came off the trailer, traveled across the median and struck the front of an eastbound 2021 Mercedes-Benz driven by Behrooz Miradzal, 51, of Manhattan. 

The impact of the tire was strong enough that airbags deployed in the Mercedes-Benz.
The impact of the tire was strong enough that airbags deployed in the Mercedes-Benz.

Miradzal suffered a sore knee and scuffs from the deployed air bags. A front-seat passenger in the vehicle, Fariba Fateh, 47, of Manhattan, also suffered scuffs, Soldan said. A 14-year-old girl in the back seat was not injured.

The impact of the tire caused disabling front-end damage to the Mercedes-Benz, which had to be towed, Soldan said. Wilson's trailer also had to be towed, he added.