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Archive for Saturday, January 24, 2009

One man life-flighted after truck hits pole

A KU student is life-flighted after his truck hit a pole near 15th and Iowa streets early Saturday morning.

January 24, 2009, 2:39 a.m. Updated January 24, 2009, 11:06 p.m.

One man flown to hospital after single-vehicle accident

A 19-year-old Kansas University student was flown to KU hospital after his truck hit a pole at 15th and Iowa streets. Enlarge video

A Kansas University student was transported to KU Hospital via air ambulance after his truck hit a pole near 15th and Iowa streets.

Emergency responders were dispatched at 1:34 a.m. to the area just west of Iowa Street. Sgt. Ted Bordman of the Lawrence Police Department said that Matthew Gerald Batterson, 19, was driving west on Bob Billings Parkway when his red Chevrolet S-10 slid and hit an overhead power line pole in the median. There was heavy damage to the passenger side of the truck.

A condition report for Batterson was not available Saturday night. He was the truck's sole occupant.

Emergency responders reported a large fuel leak from the truck when they arrived at the scene. A hazmat team was not requested for cleanup.

Officials are still investigating the accident. It was unknown whether alcohol or slick roadways were contributing factors.

Check back to LJWorld.com for more details as they become available.

Comments

M. Lindeman 5 years, 10 months ago

West on Iowa st. ? All these years I thought Iowa ran north and south.

fatheadff 5 years, 10 months ago

rdragon:Dont be so quick. Emergency responders were dispatched at 1:34 a.m. to the area just west of Iowa Street. Sgt. Ted Bordman of the Lawrence Police Department said that the man was driving west on Bob Billings

hotdog 5 years, 10 months ago

Reading comprehension for those quick to be witty.

kewlb 5 years, 10 months ago

ur momma has reading comp. at all hours of the night

Chris Ogle 5 years, 10 months ago

Hawk- not everyone that has an accident is drunk and/or using the cell phone. Hope the man is doing OK.

purplesage 5 years, 10 months ago

Multi discp - good thought. In an age of safety awareness, one of the most obvious things is to remove hazards from the rightaways along streets and highways. There are massive power poles not 5 feet from the curbs of 65 MPH roads near where I live. It is (and has been) a deadly combination. Think alleys or easements in the center of a block instead of down the front.I hope the young man gets another chance at life.

budwhysir 5 years, 10 months ago

the typical wooden pole in Lawrence will break when hit

purplesage 5 years, 10 months ago

Yes, bud, it might (see above photo). When they do, they often snap above the level of the impact and crash the roof of the vehicle with tragic consequnces. A tree or a pole is a deadly opponent for a motor vehicle.

womanwarrior 5 years, 10 months ago

Whatever happened to sensible driving? Then you don't need break away poles.

Eride 5 years, 10 months ago

I saw this last night, there were about 15-20 emergency vehicles present. It looked a lot worse than it ended up being (only one car and one individual involved).

Curtis Lange 5 years, 10 months ago

For those bashing on the original poster, I don't doubt it DID say 'west on Iowa St' when the story was first posted. The LJWorld has a knack for not proof-reading their stories before they are posted for all to see.

budwhysir 5 years, 10 months ago

It looked worse than it ended up being? is that from your point of view or the guy with the free ride to KC?? Mr weatherman, this would be called a writers retraction that should require a posters retraction in the real world

Danimal 5 years, 10 months ago

Why is it always a KU student in an S10 when it's a single car accident?

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