A rash of accidents - including the fall of a woman from a third-story window - kept Douglas County law enforcement officers and medical crews busy late Thursday and early Friday.
Two people were hurt in separate traffic accidents on the Kansas Turnpike. At Free State High School on Friday morning, no one was injured when a school bus and a car collided. And while officers were investigating that accident, four vehicles nearby were involved in a series of noninjury rear-end collisions.
But emergency crews responded to more than traffic accidents.
About 3:30 a.m. Friday, police said, a 21-year-old woman fell out of a window at the apartment building at 1605 Tenn. She was flown by helicopter ambulance to Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan. The name of the woman, who is a former KU student, has not been released and her condition was not known. Police said the fall was accidental.
Ashley Eilers, who lives in the building, said she was visiting neighbors on the third floor when she heard someone banging on a door and a man yelling for someone to call police.
Eilers said she and a roommate went back to their apartment on the second floor where they looked out a window and saw a woman lying on her back on the ground. Neighbors later told Eilers that the woman would be OK.
"Last we knew, she was speaking and just her wrists and ankles hurt," Eilers said. She said she didn't know the woman.
The first in the series of traffic accidents occurred at 11:30 p.m. Thursday. In that crash, a 31-year-old Topeka man was injured when the 1988 Honda he was driving struck the back of a 1998 GMC pickup truck on the Kansas Turnpike in Lawrence. The Honda then struck the median wall, according to a report on the Kansas Turnpike Authority Web site. The driver of the Honda, whose name wasn't released, was taken by ambulance to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released.
The driver of the truck, identified as Charles D. Seymour, 28, of Bonner Springs, was not injured.
Both vehicles were traveling west, about a mile east of the Iowa Street exit.
In another turnpike accident - at 7:20 a.m. Friday near the east Lawrence entrance ramp - an Auburn woman was hurt when her 1999 Jeep spun out of control and was struck by a semitrailer. The collision pushed the Jeep into a ditch, where it struck a light pole.
Melissa Beth Evans, 21, was flown by helicopter ambulance to KU Hospital, which had no comment on Evans' condition Friday night. At 8 a.m. Friday at Free State, a Laidlaw school bus driven by David Strano, 26, collided with a Toyota Corolla driven by a 17-year-old Free State student. The Corolla struck the side of the bus, but no one was injured, Lawrence Police said. The accident occurred on the south side of the school building on school property. No citations were issued.
Subsequently, on nearby Overland Drive, four vehicles were involved in a chain-reaction accident. All vehicles were driven by students, police said. Three drivers were cited for inattentive driving and a fourth driver was cited for leaving the scene of an accident. No one was injured.