Crews from Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical and the Lecompton Township Fire Department were called to the Kansas Turnpike exit at the South Lawrence Trafficway about 5:35 p.m. Friday for a collision in which a motorcycle struck a car.
Both the late model four-door Mazda, driven by 21-year-old Karissa Pinegar, of Lawrence, and the red motorcycle sustained significant damage in the crash, according to an eyewitness report.
Two 21-year-old men, Matthew Smith, of Lawrence, and Jason Kenney, of Lecompton, were on the motorcycle, and both were seriously injured, Fire Medical Division Chief Rob Kort said. Neither man was wearing a helmet, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.
According to KHP, the motorcycle was southbound on the roadway when the car, which was northbound, failed to yield when turning into the eastbound turnpike entrance. Pinegar was not transported but listed by KHP as having possible injuries
Smith was taken by ambulance to Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center in Topeka. Kenney was taken by ambulance to Lawrence Memorial Hospital and received brief treatment there, in order to stabilize his condition, and then was transferred into another ambulance and taken to Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan.
Both victims were in critical condition Friday night, Kort said.
Emergency crews requested that two helicopter ambulances be dispatched to the scene, but none was available. The LifeStar helicopter based in Lawrence was refueling out of town, and a second air ambulance was unavailable because of a shift change, Kort said.
Condition updates for the two men were not available as of Saturday evening.