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Archive for Thursday, June 19, 2008

4-car crash closes Sixth St.

Witness says driver was ‘tearing through traffic’

A vehicle involved in a four-car accident Thursday evening near Frontier Road and Sixth Street lies on its side. The driver was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, then a trauma center.

A vehicle involved in a four-car accident Thursday evening near Frontier Road and Sixth Street lies on its side. The driver was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, then a trauma center.

June 19, 2008, 6:34 p.m. Updated June 20, 2008, 12:00 a.m.

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Emergency responders tend to the scene of a car accident Thursday, June 19, 2008 near Frontier Road and Sixth Street.

Emergency responders tend to the scene of a car accident Thursday, June 19, 2008 near Frontier Road and Sixth Street.

4-car accident temporarily closes 6th Street

According to Lawrence police, the accident started when a 28-year-old Lawrence man fled his residence in the 2600 block of Moundview. Enlarge video

A 28-year-old Lawrence man fled his home Thursday evening and sped west on Sixth Street, causing a four-vehicle accident that spanned three blocks.

The man's own vehicle, a black Acura, ended flipped on its side on Sixth Street near Frontier Road, and he was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

According to hospital officials, the man was later transferred to a Kansas City area trauma center. Further details were unavailable.

Lawrence Police Sgt. Dave Hubbel said the chain of events started when the man hurriedly left his residence in the 2600 block of Moundview Drive after reportedly damaging his own house.

According to witnesses, he drove west on Sixth Street in the center turning lane at a high rate of speed, Hubbel said. Another vehicle was turning off a side street into the center turn lane to travel west when it was struck by the Acura, Hubbel said.

That vehicle was struck in the front and slid into the grass of the Sonic Drive-In entrance, 3201 W. Sixth St, Hubbel said.

Jay Howerton, 30, witnessed part of the accident as he was leaving Phillips 66 Miller Mart at 3300 W. Sixth St.

He said he heard a crunch, looked up and saw the black Acura drive west "tearing through traffic," out of control and strike a second car.

Hubbel said after hitting the first car the Acura spun around and went into the inside lane of westbound traffic and sideswiped a white Acura that ended up in the front lawn of Miller Mart.

"About the same time it hit a gray or silver Oldsmobile square in the rear end," Hubbel said. "It stayed on its wheels, but the black Acura then overturned onto its passenger side and came to rest against the curb."

Hubbel said the man was pinned in the car.

Several emergency vehicles responded to the accident about 6:15 p.m. at Frontier Road and Sixth Street. Police officers closed Sixth Street in both directions and redirected traffic.

No other injuries were reported from the accident. One man was treated and released at the scene.

Emergency crews respond to accident at Sixth Street and Kasold Drive

Several emergency vehicles responded to a three-vehicle accident at 6:15 p.m. Thursday at Frontier Road and Sixth Street.

Comments

SouthernBelle 6 years, 6 months ago

I certainly hope everyone is okay. It sounds very serious.

igby 6 years, 6 months ago

Looks like someone rear ended the car in front of them and pushed them into on coming traffic where two other cars were hit and the one behind the second car was rear ended as well. The turning lane was full perhaps and someone just did not stop in time. Slippery when wet!

Dixie Jones 6 years, 6 months ago

has anyone ever noticed rammy's post always get removed,,,,rammy please tell us what do you do child to be removed all the time?????

Christine Pennewell Davis 6 years, 6 months ago

just to finish the thought hope everyone even the one sent to hosp. are ok. It seems like there are a number of accidents today my middle girl was in one on 6th if front of dillons, saw one at hakell and kwik shop and my husband said there was one at or around mass. and 23rd just a crazy day.

LogicMan 6 years, 6 months ago

Hope everyone's OK.Conveniently-located auto body shop on that corner!Just be sure not to have Transmasters do the 100 foot tow -- it will cost you plenty.

Eride 6 years, 6 months ago

I saw this happen yesterday, glad I wasn't one of the people hit.

Christine Pennewell Davis 6 years, 6 months ago

well if they all had seatbelts on it looks like maybe not to bad but if not looks real bad.

Christine Pennewell Davis 6 years, 6 months ago

not fun when the slip and slide is in a car going a good 30 plus. Any news on the one person transported?

Christine Pennewell Davis 6 years, 6 months ago

thanks bearded was wandering why heli was flying around east law. this late. Not a nice sound this late at night always think big bad wreck or man hunt.

hail2oldku 6 years, 6 months ago

Not excusing the idiot that started this whole chain reaction of events, but the person that pulled off of the side street into the turn lane was partially at fault as well. The purpose of the turn lane is not to allow you to get out into the middle of the street and wait for an opportunity to merge into traffic.Sorry, but that is just one of my pet peeves with drivers in this town. Right behind the driver that completely fails to use the left turn lane and turns from the inside lane of traffic and just in front of the people headed west on 9th Street that use the East bound turn lane in order to try and turn into the Merc's parking lot.

lawrencemom 6 years, 6 months ago

simplyamazed - hope you find who you are looking for.....

simplyamazed 6 years, 6 months ago

does anyone know what type of vehicles? i have someone i can't find and they are not answering their cell phones and possibly would have been in that area!

drake 6 years, 6 months ago

Sorry to burst your pet peeve hail2oldku-"A TWLTL (two way left turn lane)is provided to remove left-turning vehicles from the through lanes and store those vehicles in the median area until an acceptable gap in opposing traffic is available."http://www.ksdot.org:9080/burTrafficSaf/brochures/turnlanes.asp

rodneyking 6 years, 6 months ago

The video of the accident scene showed that the vehicle on its side had its flashers on...safety first!!!

hail2oldku 6 years, 6 months ago

I guess I'll just have to move up the people using the single direction (east bound to north bound) turn lane improperly to turn into the Merc up on my list. :-)

jonas 6 years, 6 months ago

Some people and their uncontrollable snack attacks. Taco Bell will still be there if you only go 35mph, dude.

bearded_gnome 6 years, 6 months ago

Police officers have closed Sixth Street in both directions and are redirecting traffic. Witnesses said the debris stretched for several blocks.---several blocks? wow. that must've been a very serious accident! I hope noone is seriously hurt! here too is kudos to our pd/fd men/women. they see stuff the rest of us usually don't.

bearded_gnome 6 years, 6 months ago

Police officers have closed Sixth Street in both directions and are redirecting traffic. W---is that a virtual "W?" pd officers are working hard to try to reconstruct the accident.

unite2revolt 6 years, 6 months ago

What I don't like is when people don't leave a gap in the traffic at the intersection in order to allow left turning traffic access to the other side of the road, or the center lane. I often have to resist the urge to do bad things.

Mike Blur 6 years, 6 months ago

And yes bearded idiot, it appears debris is strewn for blocks.

1029 6 years, 6 months ago

This person should have his license revoked and never be allowed to drive again. That's fine if someone wants to commit suicide, but you can't take other innocent people out with you.

bearded_gnome 6 years, 6 months ago

The man's own vehicle, a black Acura, ended flipped on its side on Sixth Street near Frontier Road, and he was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital.According to hospital officials, the man was later transferred to a Kansas City area trauma center. Further details were unavailable.---hey, Billy Mays is selling health insurance now!***all you video jockies, I don't think that video was on the site when simply posted his/her question.

Christine Pennewell Davis 6 years, 6 months ago

19 yr old just called said 4h full of cops and helicopter and ambulace and cars all over down by baseball field no idea why sorry can't tell anymore. night all.

Christine Pennewell Davis 6 years, 6 months ago

so anyone with more info on the later accident that sounds really bad let us know I can not find anything on this site about it. I think it is weird that the ljw will report the one but not the other. thanks bearded for what you could tell us last night my girl only knew that the 4h was swarming with activity.

bearded_gnome 6 years, 6 months ago

jonas,very good. ***again note blurrymike fulfils my description of him: rude, hostile, suspicious. his chip is bigger than his shoulder!

bearded_gnome 6 years, 6 months ago

simply,good luck. Sounds like more reasons for the bus.=absolutely pathetic attempt to hijack this thread for political purpose. add jackripper to the hall of shame: max1; cool; boozoonthewrongbus.
I do know one is at the hospital, dunno why that's outa the revised form of the article. God bless those in the accident and their families.

jafs 6 years, 6 months ago

There are a lot of bad drivers in this town - I would welcome more enforcement of traffic violations.I didn't know that one was not supposed to use turn lanes to wait for an opportunity to merge - I often turn left on 6th St. If I waited until there was absolutely no traffic at all, I would be there for a very long time.

Mike Blur 6 years, 6 months ago

Well in the video there's 3 late model sedans, a white Honda in the grass on the NW corner of 6th and Fireside; a gray sedan of indeterminate make and model because it's rear end is severely pushed in; and a black Acura with plate digits WBC 823 (clearly visible in the video on its side--and it got the worst of it.)The 4th vehicle is apparently a black mini-SUV or Blazer--it's hard to tell.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 6 years, 6 months ago

This isn't so much a story about traffic, but about someone needing a psych evaluation. Clearly, this guy was out of control. Maybe trying to kill himself?

hail2oldku 6 years, 6 months ago

drake - I was just coming back to post my mea culpa on this. I just found that link myself as wellThough this is something that still proves troublesome for those people at an intersection where there is actually a side street on both sides of that street with the turn lane since it could lead to a head on collision with a car wishing to turn left opposing a car that has pulled into the turn lane in order to merge going the opposite direction.

drake 6 years, 6 months ago

Or the morons that drive in the center turn lane thinking it is an acceleration lane.

hail2oldku 6 years, 6 months ago

"I didn't know that one was not supposed to use turn lanes to wait for an opportunity to merge "Sorry jafs, but that is a traffic violation though certainly one that is rarely enforced.

hail2oldku 6 years, 6 months ago

ttholen - glad to see that you came out of this without much more than a scare and a damaged vehicle. The picture you paint certainly is much different than the news account, but nobody has ever accused the JW of being able to get the facts straight before.

bearded_gnome 6 years, 6 months ago

and, now there's a nasty accident in the county! what is it with today? full moon? life flight is flying.

compmd 6 years, 6 months ago

It didn't appear that anyone bothered to clean up the huge amount of broken glass all over 6th street.

bearded_gnome 6 years, 6 months ago

ttholen,really glad you're going to be fine. there was the potential for a very bad accident there! ***what little is released so far, the irresponsible driver damaged his own house before he drove on the street, from moundview. psych eval anyone? with what little is known, may not have been driving while suicidal. other possibilities: recent change in psych meds; rage; psychosis; etc. I hope he's getting his m&M's now.

Christine Pennewell Davis 6 years, 6 months ago

well ask and you shall recieve. thanks ljw for the update hope it is not to bad. Unfortunatly it sounds like he will be in a bit of trouble when he recovers. Glad to hear everyone else is doing ok.

ttholen 6 years, 6 months ago

Thank you everyone for the kind thoughts as this was a scary situation. The report is not 100% correct... I was the first car hit by the speeding driver. To set the story straight, I was headed westbound on 6th St. with many other cars and was in the turning lane to get onto Gateway Ct to head south. As I was making my left turn the speeding driver, who was also headed westbound, came up on my LEFT SIDE going against traffic and clipped the front of my car. That put him into a spin and he hit 2 more cars down the street. Eye witnesses said this guy was speeding uncontrollably many blocks before he hit me and people were calling 911. Luckily no one was seriously injured and everyone was very willing to help. If you have any questions just post a response.

Tom Miller 6 years, 6 months ago

peaches, I went and read some of rammys previous comment...he seems to get his stuff pulled rather frequently...just going by the nature and posture taken on his remaining remarks, let's just say rammy is a person of rather strong opinion, who, from time-to-time is just a tad "forceful" in his expression of those opinions...nothing really wrong with that, 'cept to the LJW thought-and-word police...

bearded_gnome 6 years, 6 months ago

19 yr old just called said 4h full of cops and helicopter and ambulace and cars all over down by baseball field no idea why sorry can't tell anymore. nightall.--4h fairgrounds was LZ, landing zone, for the med chopper. accident outside of town nearby. now more thunder.

hail2oldku 6 years, 6 months ago

The post of rammy's that got pulled on this thread showed a little too much exuberance in the fact that the perpetrator was the most seriously injured.

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