Most injuries were minor, but a Lawrence motorcyclist was taken to KU Medical Center.
A Lawrence man whose motorcycle slammed into the rear end of a car was undergoing surgery Saturday night at a Kansas City hospital.
Terry Jones and a friend were driving their motorcycles west on 31st Street between Louisiana and Iowa when Jones hit a car driven by Michael Wicks, Lawrence. The accident occurred just after 6 p.m., as the setting sun decreased visibility.
Jones' condition wasn't available at the Kansas University Medical Center, where he was flown by LifeStar about 25 minutes after the accident. A nursing supervisor said Jones was still being evaluated by hospital staff Saturday night. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, authorities said.
"He just rammed into the back of us," said Alecia Wicks, who was a passenger in the car driven by her husband.
"We were just moving and felt somebody hit us," she said.
Jones' motorcycle spilled to the pavement and slid at least 20 yards. Alecia Wicks said her husband kept driving forward to avoid Jones being caught under the vehicle.
The accident forced police to close 31st Street for almost half an hour.
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical personnel were busy at several other accidents Saturday.
Holly Willard, Overbrook, was treated and released from Lawrence Memorial Hospital after rolling her vehicle at 3:35 p.m. on U.S. Highway 40 between East 800 and East 900 roads.
Ambulance crews were sent from that accident to Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive, where Helen Nation, Lawrence, was injured when her car was broadsided by another vehicle. Nation was also treated and released from LMH.
At 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Mark Shefougen was riding his bicycle when he ran into a car turning into Quick's Bar-B-Q at 1527 W. Sixth. A police spokesman said the driver of the car didn't see the bike, which didn't have a headlight. Shefougen, who was not wearing a helmet, was released Saturday night from LMH..