Two people died and several were injured in area traffic crashes Tuesday and early Wednesday.
Though there were several crashes during Tuesday's rainy weather, officials said none was weather related.
In Leavenworth County, 22-year-old Jason Thompson, Leavenworth, was killed in a head-on collision on U.S. Highway 73 near the Kansas Highway 74 junction, according to the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Department.
The driver of the second vehicle in the fatal crash fled the scene, and sheriff's officers were continuing to search for him Wednesday.
At 1:50 a.m. Wednesday, John A. Shaw, 37, Topeka, died in a one-car accident east of Topeka. Two other people, Susan McIntyre, 34, and Peter P. Rose, 21, both of Topeka, were injured and transported to St. Francis Medical Center, Topeka. No information was available on their conditions late Wednesday.
The Kansas Highway Patrol said Shaw was eastbound on U.S. Highway 24 attempting to enter Kansas Highway 4. The car left the roadway, became airborne and struck the underside of the K-4 off ramp and then struck the U.S. 24 bridge rail. The car then slammed into a cement pillar.
A three-vehicle accident on Interstate 35 near LeLoup in Franklin County injured four people. Richard Jensen and Bernidette M. Jensen, both of Fort Worth, Tex., were taken to Overland Park Regional Medical Center. Two others were treated and released at Ransom Memorial Hospital in Ottawa.
In Lawrence, 14 noninjury accidents were reported Tuesday and none was weather-related, police dispatchers said. There were no injury accidents reported.
The Kansas Turnpike Patrol was called to one noninjury accident near Lawrence, a dispatcher said.
Jefferson County reported two accidents, both noninjury. Franklin County had three noninjury accidents, a sheriff's spokesman said.