Archive for Friday, September 7, 2007

Kansas Turnpike Authority retracts fatality report

September 7, 2007, 11:19 a.m. Updated September 7, 2007, 3:09 p.m.


The Kansas Turnpike Authority said Friday a Topeka man had been killed in an overnight two-car collision near Lawrence.

The report was wrong. The man is alive, and sustained relatively minor injuries.

The authority released a report Friday morning, describing an overnight accident on the Kansas Turnpike near Lawrence. In the two-vehicle collision, the report indicated, one of the drivers - a 31-year-old Topeka man - had died from injuries sustained in the accident.

At 3 p.m. Friday, though, officials said the fatality report was accidental, and retracted it. The retraction came after the Journal-World was contacted by officials at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, who said they had had no deaths overnight - but had treated and released a 31-year-old man for a leg injury in what appeared to be the same accident.

The error was the result of a typing error on the accident report posted online, a KTA spokeswoman said. Usually troopers dictate their reports to dispatchers and the reports are posted on the KTA Web site.

The unnamed man, 31, was driving a 1988 Honda west when it struck the back of a 1998 GMC pickup truck, about a mile east of the Iowa Street exit, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol. The Honda then struck the median barrier.

The accident happened at 11:32 p.m., according to the patrol.

The driver of the truck, Charles D. Seymour, 28, of Bonner Springs, was not injured.


Centrist 10 years, 3 months ago

Oh man ... it sounds like an overtake gone wrong, since it happened BEFORE the exit. Of course I'm guessing though.

Sincere condolences. This is awful.

Joel 10 years, 3 months ago

Centrist's comment was posted to the original version of the story -- in which the man had apparently died.

erod0723 10 years, 3 months ago

Yay to our high patrol people, once again proving their ineptness.

somebodynew 10 years, 3 months ago

Smitty - I really try to ignore your posts since I am aware of your bias - BUT - WTF is this about?????

The article clearly states the Highway Patrol admitted to a typo. That should be the "authority" who messed up.

And what the H*** does Moddrell have ANYTHING to do with this story. She hasn't practiced in YEARS.

Get over it.

concernedparent 10 years, 3 months ago

somebodynew, you're actually wrong. She's a pathologist for LMH.

Sean Livingstone 10 years, 3 months ago

Give LJW and Turnpike a break. We all make mistakes! At least this one is better than the one that send thousands to die for little worth.

erod0723 10 years, 3 months ago

What I think actually happened is thus: LMH has finally learned the ancient black art of ressurection. They brought the man back from the dead. Why would they do this? SImple-- they are slowly creating a society of brainwashed people to do their bidding in the great war about to come. LMH has obviously bought off the entire Highway Patrol and soon their evil machine shall begin its death march. Watch out Lawrence, watch out!

somebodynew 10 years, 3 months ago

Concernedparent - Yes, I know you are correct. I meant to say that she is not the coroner or doing autopsies anymore (for years now). Smitty can just p*** me off so bad when she tries to stir everything and relate back to the only topic she knows that sometimes I lose track of what I am thinking.

riverrat2 10 years, 3 months ago

The typo was easily done. A 10-40 is a fatality. A 10-48 is an injury accident. It happens.

purplesage 10 years, 3 months ago

That's a pretty significant typo. Better get out the citation book and charge him with something. Oh, but wait. He's an officer, so that's OK. Public would get nailed for a false police report.

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