Archive for Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Baldwin City driver in stable condition after hitting dump druck

July 16, 2008


The Baldwin City woman who was flown Tuesday to Kansas University Hospital after a traffic accident on North 150 Road has been identified as Suzi Gottstein, 63. She was listed in stable condition Wednesday at the hospital.

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


countrygirl 7 years, 4 months ago

Gee whiz--what is the deal with all the accidents lately?

dreamer11 7 years, 4 months ago

have some compassion people. this was a sweet lady who was the victim of an unfortunate accident. you have no idea who's fault it might have been.

Sheila Hooper White 7 years, 4 months ago

i think people are more worried about themselves and getting were they are going, that it just doesn't matter what gets in your way. please everyone just pay attention. leave a little early so you don't have to rush. stay off of the cell phones and pay attention.

Sheila Hooper White 7 years, 4 months ago

thanks mark! i don't know how many times people have cut me off or pulled out in front of me or ran a red light but when i look they seem to always be on their phone. my husband and i joke that we must be invisible today, That now has become almost everyday. ha ha!

Evan Ridenour 7 years, 4 months ago

What is with all these people running into vehicles several times larger than their own?!

Sheila Hooper White 7 years, 4 months ago

i don't think i said anything bad about the person. i was just commenting on countrygirls question. i hope she is doing well and i don't mean any harm.

RKLOG 7 years, 4 months ago

Amen to dancemomx2! It's often like a driver's ed video driving around town this summer. Slow down and drive. When you get home you can chew bubblegum and walk if you want to.

Sheila Hooper White 7 years, 4 months ago

thanks py! i didn't mean anything bad or rude by the comments i made, but some people take it wrong. no one is perfect and never will be, while on this earth. i'm just stating that everyone needs to pay more attention. i'm wondering how you can miss the back of a dump truck. my husband worked for the city street crew and they were fixing pot holes on Kasold north of six, by the big hills. they had the dump truck with the arrow on the back, very large and orange, i would think hard to miss, and they were working in front of the truck. this lady hit the back of the truck hard enough to set of the airbags and knock her out. if my husband and the crew wouldn't have been there she might of died. just please people pay attention when driving. think of others. be considerate.

Beth Bird 7 years, 4 months ago

As I have stated many other times, other newspapers have better info than the LJW. This article was on the Baldwin City Signal website:Suzi Gottstein, 63, Baldwin City, was taken by helicopter ambulance to the Kansas University Medical Center because of injuries suffered in a two-vehicle accident south of Baldwin City on County Road 150 Tuesday. She is in stable condition.The accident happened shortly after 1 p.m. when a minivan driven westbound by Gottstein on North County Road 150 ran into the back of a dump truck that was also headed west."It was bad," said John Hetherington, 50, Edgerton, 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."Tessa Gottstein, 8, and Brandon Gottstein, 3, were both in the back seat of the van in child restraint devices. Baldwin City police officer Chad Rien credited that for no injuries to them."They worked," said Rien, who also confirmed Hetherington's account of the accident. "No skid marks, she just slammed into the back of him."Douglas County Sheriff Lt. Keri Wempe also said the child restraints proved their worth."Absolutely, that's true," said Wempe.She had received the initial accident report Wednesday morning and confirmed the accounts, plus added additional detail."From what I was told, apparently there were several dump trucks in the area and lots of dust, which didn't help," said Wempe. "She just hit the back end of the dump truck. The dump truck came to a stop to make a turn and she didn't see him because of the dust."According to Baldwin School District officials, where Gottstein works, she had surgery Tuesday night for injuries sustained to her arm and leg. The injuries were not life threatening, the spokesperson said.Douglas County Sheriff's officers investigated the accident. Numerous sheriff's cars, one Baldwin City police car and two Palmyra Township fire trucks were at the scene. LifeStar transported Gottstein.

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