Archive for Thursday, January 22, 2009

Air ambulance called to scene of one-vehicle rollover south of Lawrence

Traffic stopped on County Road 1055

An 86-year-old man was taken to a Kansas City-area hospital yesterday after a one-vehicle accident on County Road 1055.

January 22, 2009, 4:00 p.m. Updated January 22, 2009, 10:57 p.m.


An 86-year-old man was taken by air ambulance to a Kansas City, Kan., hospital after a one-vehicle accident Thursday afternoon south of Lawrence.

The accident was reported about 3:30 p.m. Thursday on County Road 1055 near North 1250 Road, which is about a half-mile south of 31st Street and Haskell Avenue.

Douglas County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Steve Lewis said 86 year-old Karl Hauser was heading south on County Road 1055 when he lost control of his pickup, which went into the ditch on the east side of the road.

He was flown by emergency helicopter to Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan.

The hospital did not release information on Hauser’s condition late Thursday night.


Sheila Hooper White 9 years, 4 months ago

I was wandering what was going on. We were outside playing and heard the sirens and saw the helicopter. Hope the person is ok.

Tom McCune 9 years, 4 months ago

It sure seems like they send the air ambulances for a lot of things. They sent one of those things for my cousin when she was knocked unconscious when thrown from a horse.The bill: $25,000The diagnosis: a bump on the headI guess they have to buy fuel and new rotor blades somehow...

dolphins4321 9 years, 4 months ago

Yes, life flight is very expensive. Have a $15,000.00 bill with them. LMH is quick to call them in without even giving any CAT Scans or anything to see if it's even needed. All that ended up being needed was a few stitches. Those were some very costly stitches!

fatheadff 9 years, 4 months ago

Its called head trauma.... Really i would rather someone be on the cautious side with one of my loved ones instead of waiting until the brain is swollen and they die. Not only am i a fireman and help these people daily but i have also been in a rollover wreck. And i was glad they checked me out.

cowboy 9 years, 4 months ago

I drive that section of road every day and if you f up your cooked , there is nowhere to go except into the deep ditches full of wetland water on each side of the road. During the ice and snow season it is treacherous. It is also where alot of deer cross the road. Also with the increased bicycle traffic in the nice weather times it really should be enlarged with some shoulders. That would entail some modification to the wetlands , whats the chance of that happening in my lifetime ? Probably not much , Hope the guy comes out ok !

riverdrifter 9 years, 4 months ago

"I blame the wetlands." I blame the county. They've had ample opportunity to widen (add) shoulders long before it was the wetlands. The road bed is exactly the same as it was when it was a gravel road in the early '60's. The wetlands was no obsticle to this ever. From 31st to the river, you're either on the road or upside down in the ditch. Been that way forever.

cowboy 9 years, 4 months ago

you would have to move the drain ditches further into the wetlands to accommodate any shoulder on that portion of road. i'm not blaming the wetlands , just stating there wold have to be changes to those ditches river drifter.

Jessie Stoltenow 9 years, 4 months ago

I saw the lights and everything over there when I left work and had no idea what's going on. I really hope he's ok and am glad that they went to such extremes to help the guy out! I know I would like to be more safe than sorry.

fan4kufootball 9 years, 4 months ago

i too drive that road most everyday except during really bad weather. It is dangerous! There is just no where to go if you slide etc.

Rae Hudspeth 9 years, 4 months ago

Reality_Check... are you sure that's not a pickemup truck?I thought that looked like a big rollbar and a bed, not an SUV top.

Joe Hyde 9 years, 4 months ago

As soon as possible, this one mile section of 1055's roadway should be improved, widened and perhaps elevated. That section presently allows no margin for driver error -- wander even slightly and you go off into a deep ditch. (And if the ditch is filled with water you could easily drown.)Douglas County's road crews are very capable, they do excellent work. (Examples: the improved roadway in the vicinity of the radio-controlled airplane field below Clinton Dam, and also the improved section of 1055's roadway in the vicinity of Cedar Hill Gun Club.)Understandably, the county commission is presently reluctant to commit resources to fixing the 1-mile section of 1055 where this accident happened, due to the unresolved issue of the South Lawrence Trafficway. (Why improve that 1-mile section when the possibility exists that the finished roadway could be torn out by construction of the SLT?)Still, that 1055 section needs to be completely rebuilt as a public safety matter. So many Baldwin residents use 1055 at least twice daily during treks to and from Lawrence. Lawrence residents enroute Baldwin, same thing. Plus quite a few rural residents south of Lawrence roll over that part of the road. It needs an upgrade, bad.

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