Two men were hospitalized Thursday night after a two-car accident on U.S. Highway 59 in front of the Zarco gas station.
Jason Gray, 20, of Baldwin, was heading north in a white Dodge sedan on U.S. Highway 59 behind another vehicle. According to a witness, Gray tried to turn left into the service station, but failed to see a burgundy Chevrolet van going south on the highway. The two hit head on in the southbound lane, just to the south of the gas station.
``He obviously didn't see him,'' Donald Hosking, a witness who was two cars back. ``He just turned right in front of him. There was nothing the other guy could do.''
The van went off the road into the ditch, striking a planter. Both vehicles had major front-end damage.
Emergency personnel were called to the scene at 7:47 p.m. Douglas County Fire and Medical, First Responders, Douglas County sheriff's personnel and the Kansas Highway Patrol all responded.
The accident shut down one lane of the highway for almost an hour. The parking lot of the gas station filled with people and emergency vehicles as the victims were transported and the tow service swept up the broken glass.
Gray was transported to Overland Park Regional Medical and the driver of the van, Thomas Bevard, 43, of Iola, was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Troopers said that Gray was at fault for the accident for failure to yield the right-of-way. No alcohol use was suspected. Other possible factors were still being investigated.
Witnesses said that a bag of dried plant matter was taken from the white car, but the Highway Patrol had no comment about the matter.
Gray was in surgery late Thursday night, and the Overland Park Regional Medical Center listed him in critical condition. Bevard's condition was not available from LMH.
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