A truck driver was hospitalized Wednesday after the tractor-trailer he was driving rolled on U.S. Highway 24 near the Jefferson-Douglas County line.
Lloyd Brandt, 52, Maeystown, Ill., was westbound on U.S. 24 around 2:40 p.m. entering a curve near mile post 389 when the vehicle began sliding and overturned. It came to rest on its side.
Brandt, who was driving for Freightliner, had to be extricated.
He was flown from the scene by Life Star helicopter to Stormont-Vail Regional Medical Center in Topeka, where he was listed in satisfactory condition Wednesday night.
Police seek mother
of children left alone
Lawrence police had not made contact as of Wednesday afternoon with the mother of three children left by themselves overnight Monday and all day Tuesday.
Sgt. Richard Nickell said the children still were with relatives. He said he didn't know if Social and Rehabilitation Services had been able to find the mother.
About 5 p.m. Tuesday, police went to a home in the 1400 block of East 21st, where a 3-year-old boy, a 4-year-old boy and 10-year-old girl had been left since Monday night. The 10-year-old, who did not go to school Tuesday and stayed with her siblings, called a family friend on Tuesday afternoon, and the friend called police, a police spokesman said.
Police took the children to the Douglas County Judicial & Law Enforcement Center, where the children were fed. A relative then took custody of them.
The children's father is not living in the home, police said.
LHS students win
Three Lawrence High School juniors won first place in the computer programming competition at the Kansas University Engineering Fair.
Bill Kinnersley, Michael Sawyer and Carl Magnuson teamed together to win the competition.
In the Surfing the Web competition, Dmitri Meerson and Lee Wang placed third.
LHS team qualifies
for state competition
The Lawrence High School Science Olympiad team placed sixth overall at the regional competition on Feb. 27, qualifying for state competition in April.
The team placed first in Polymer Detective; second in Bottle Rockets and Surfing the 'Net; third in Chem Lab, Earth-Sea-Sky, Experimental Design and Reach for the Stars; and fourth place in Bungie Egg Drop and Road Scholar.
Team members were Martha Clifford, Bill Kinnersley, Kristin Wong, Dmitri Meerson, Brad Quellhorst, Lee Dunfield, Eli Gourley, Esther Magnuson, Fallon Farokhi, Mike Sawyer, Gabe Burt, Steven Davis, Veronica Gao and Justin Hume.