Archive for Friday, September 14, 2007

Three injured in multivehicle wreck

September 14, 2007

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A Douglas County Sheriff's officer takes pictures Thursday morning after an accident at Trailriders Road and North 1800 Road, the Farmers Turnpike, west of Lawrence. The three-vehicle accident sent three people to hospitals.

A Douglas County Sheriff's officer takes pictures Thursday morning after an accident at Trailriders Road and North 1800 Road, the Farmers Turnpike, west of Lawrence. The three-vehicle accident sent three people to hospitals.

Accident on Farmer's Turnpike leaves one person still hospitalized

One person remains hospitalized tonight after a crash involving five vehicles this morning northwest of Lawrence. Enlarge video

Accident location

Three people were taken to area hospitals - two to Kansas City - after a crash involving several vehicles Thursday morning northwest of Lawrence.

Of the three, a Kansas University student and a Lecompton man had been treated and released by Thursday afternoon.

Lt. Kari Wempe, a Douglas County Sheriff's spokeswoman, said a sport utility vehicle rear-ended a pickup truck, then veered and struck a car. The accident occurred at 7:40 a.m. on North 1800 Road, also known as the Farmers Turnpike, near East 800 Road, known as Trailriders Road.

Debra Ellebracht, 37, Lawrence, was driving the SUV west and apparently did not see that a brown pickup truck had stopped because a recreational vehicle was turning left to drive south on East 800 Road, Wempe said.

The SUV hit the back of the pickup - driven by 57-year-old Donald Boose, of Lecompton - and then veered north and broadsided a black Honda car that had stopped at a stop sign in the southbound lane of East 800 Road. The Honda was driven by 18-year-old Alyssa Phillips, of Lecompton, Wempe said.

Boose was flown by helicopter ambulance to Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., but he was released Thursday afternoon. He was bruised, after suffering head and neck injuries, according to his sister-in-law Elaine Boose.

Emergency crews extricated Ellebracht and Phillips from their vehicles. They were taken by ambulance to Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Ellebracht was transferred to KU Hospital, where a condition report was unavailable Thursday because of the hospital's privacy policy, spokesman Bob Hallinan said.

Phillips, a KU freshman and 2007 Perry-Lecompton High School graduate, was treated and released from the LMH emergency room, spokeswoman Belinda Rehmer said.

Wempe said two eastbound vehicles were involved in a rear-end collision when they came upon the crash in the westbound lane, but no one in those vehicles was injured.

Officers did not release an exact cause of the wreck Thursday.

"At this particular point, no citations have been issued, but it's still under investigation," Wempe said.

Comments

termtech215 7 years, 6 months ago

A lot of uninformed people were making inappropraite comments yesterday. If you have no idea what is going on, keep your mouth shut.

A sense of humor is good in any situation, (I loved the round about comment especially), but this was a serious accident and could have been much worse than it turned out to be for all involved. I know the young person who was hit quite well and her mother too. It has been stressful to say the least, not to mention she will have quite a scar on her head from the gash she received when her head broke out her driver's side window.

Yes, the sun could have been a factor, but even if it was reflecting off the taillights to make them unseen, could the woman driving the SUV not see the big RV stopped/slowing down in the road? How could she not see that she was at least gaining on the vehicles in front of her? I have to think she was not paying attention in the least because there are very few skid marks--as if she did not even attempt to hit her brakes. As someone else said, we are all guilty of inattentive driving, but that much inattentiveness gets people killed and she should think twice about getting behind the wheel again so she does not cause anymore accidents. And, please slow down. Thank GOD no one was killed. Let this be a reality check for us all.

sanctuary 7 years, 6 months ago

"As someone else said, we are all guilty of inattentive driving." The same person also said, in the same sentence, that he chose "not to point fingers but just hope that everyone involved is ok." Please keep this in mind. My prayers are with everyone who was involved.

termtech215 7 years, 6 months ago

Everyone knows that if you hit someone from behind, you are at fault. An accident like this does not happen without fault. The SUV driver is at fault (unintentional as it was) as she hit the truck from behind before slamming into the black Honda. That is not meant to be a vicious accusation--just a fact.

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