"I would like to have seen an officer there," said Jonathan Tempel, a Kansas University student who drives through the intersection on his way to class every day. "In the future, if they have to repair the lights at a major intersection, they ought to at least have an officer during the heavy traffic times of the day."
Tempel referred to a collision shortly before noon Tuesday at the intersection of 15th Street and Kasold Drive, where temporary stop signs were placed while the lights were being repaired. A 30-year-old man was taken to the hospital with what police and first responders called "minor injuries."
A police supervisor said the victim's car, which was traveling south on Kasold Drive, was struck by a car driven by a 62-year-old woman who was headed west on 15th Street.
The woman failed to stop at the stop sign, striking the other vehicle, the supervisor said. It wasn't clear whether the inoperative lights played a part in the accident.
Eight stop signs had been placed at the intersection -- in each median and in the roadway between the lanes of traffic, said David Woosley, city traffic engineer.
The traffic lights were turned off because workers were repairing wiring problems identified weeks ago. The signals were working again Tuesday evening.
Woosley said that because other major intersections are controlled with stop signs, the signs at 15th and Kasold should be an adequate temporary replacement for traffic lights.
"If drivers pay attention, there shouldn't be any problems," he said.
-- Staff writer Kevin Bates can be reached at 832-7187.