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Archive for Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Baldwin City woman lifeflighted after two-vehicle accident

A Douglas County sheriff's deputry and a Baldwin City police officer investigate an accident south of Baldwin City that injured a Baldwin City woman about 1 p.m. Tuesday. The minivan was westbound on North 150 Road when it ran into the back of a dump truck. There were three other passengers in the minivan, including two small children who were in car seats and unharmed. The driver of the dump truck was not hurt.

A Douglas County sheriff's deputry and a Baldwin City police officer investigate an accident south of Baldwin City that injured a Baldwin City woman about 1 p.m. Tuesday. The minivan was westbound on North 150 Road when it ran into the back of a dump truck. There were three other passengers in the minivan, including two small children who were in car seats and unharmed. The driver of the dump truck was not hurt.

July 15, 2008

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A Baldwin City woman was taken by helicopter ambulance to a Kansas City area hospital because of injuries suffered in a two-vehicle accident today on North 150 Road, south of Baldwin City.

The accident happened shortly after 1 p.m. when a minivan headed west on North 150 ran into the back of a dump truck that was also headed west.

"It was bad," said John Hetherington, who was driving the dump truck when it was struck from behind.

Douglas County Sheriff's officers were investigating the accident. Numerous sheriff's cars, one Baldwin City police car and two Palmyra Township fire trucks were at the scene. LifeStar transported the woman.

Minivan driver injured in collision

A Baldwin City woman was flown by air ambulance to a Kansas City-area hospital on Tuesday.

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 9 months ago

DemolitionMan,Very good post. Thank you. I think too many people think it's alright to pull in front of large trucks thinking they can stop.happypill,Thanks for the update. I see they didn't list the other woman, so maybe there was none?

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Beth Bird 5 years, 9 months ago

The Baldwin City SIgnal has a little more info than LJW. It basically says that the driver was the grandmother and the two kids were her grandchildren, ages 3 and 7 years. One had a split lit and the other had no injuries. The grandmother had a broken arm, chest pain, and other unknown injuries. I pasted the article below for review:An unidentified Baldwin City woman was taken by helicopter ambulance to a Kansas City area hospital because of injuries suffered in a two-vehicle accident south of Baldwin City on County Road 150 today.The accident happened shortly after 1 p.m. when a minivan headed west on North County Road 150 ran into the back of a dump truck that was also headed west."It was bad," said John Hetherington, who was driving the Nigh Trucking dump truck when it was struck from behind. "She just plowed into me. There aren't any skid marks from the brakes or anything. She was following too close and the dust on the road was bad."All I could think about was the babies," said Hetherington, who immediately checked on two small children who were in car seats in the van. "I've got grandkids. One of them had a split lip, but the grandma was pretty bad. She had a broken arm and her chest was hurt."He didn't know the names of the people involved, nor the extent of the injuries of the children, only saying that they were all right. The children are 3 and 7 years old.Douglas County Sheriff's officers were investigating the accident. Numerous sheriff's cars, one Baldwin City police car and two Palmyra Township fire trucks were at the scene. LifeStar transported the woman.The Signal will update this story online as more information becomes available.http://signal.baldwincity.com/news/2008/jul/15/baldwin_city_woman_injured_twovehicle_accident_sou/

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DemolitionMan 5 years, 9 months ago

igby (Anonymous) says: A dump truck can stop unbelievably fast, even loaded. Not True! Here lately I'm in a dump truck around Lawrence all day long, we all hate construction interference even the drivers of the trucks in the construction. PLEASE use common sense when in or around commercial trucks, they don't stop fast and require a very large amount of space to maneuver corners etc. We leave a good distance between us an the car in front of us usually, that's not for people to cut in and stop and turn, that's our safe following distance to keep from smearing the person in front of us into the pavement. I please ask of you patience, common sense, and don't cut us off and we can all live another day safely we are just out there trying to support our families like everyone else!

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M. Lindeman 5 years, 9 months ago

igby (Anonymous) says: A dump truck can stop unbelievably fast, even loadedFalse, It is clear you have never operated one of those trucks. No they do not stop on a dime, they can stop a little quicker when loaded than when there empty. It sure isn't on a dime thou.

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 9 months ago

Air bag deployed for the driver, but don't see one for the other woman. Maybe it was the passenger. Air bags would have probably saved the driver, I've been in a wreck like this. No way did I touch the steering wheel or window wearing a belt and the air bag.I hope all turns out well, this area is due for some good news. Did everyone see the condition of the young man in the turnpike wreck had improved?

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Pywacket 5 years, 9 months ago

Would like to see an update to this. Hope the woman's condition has improved. What's with all the serious accidents in the county lately? There's a lot of construction around Lawrence, but, with the possible exception of today's motorcycle fatality, that doesn't seem to be a factor.A motorcycle fatality out by Lone Star a few weeks ago, the guy on the motorized scooter in Lawrence Saturday, two very serious accidents today--one in the middle of nowhere... I've probably missed a few. Let's be careful out there, folks.

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GetAlongGang 5 years, 9 months ago

I do not see anything about whether the lady was wearing a seat belt. Either way though thank goodness the kids were in child seats. In this day and age when there is so much safety information out there to assist you even if your common sense is lacking it is amazing how many kids are still riding around in cars unrestrained. I hope for a speedy recovery for this lady.

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igby 5 years, 9 months ago

A dump truck can stop unbelievably fast, even loaded. Their big and when your following one, the sight distance can some times fool you because of the boxy effect they seem to cause when judging distances between you and the truck. Of corse it helps if your not yak'in at the kids. Lol. Hope they recover well.

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