A Lecompton man was in serious condition Monday at Kansas University Hospital after he was injured in a Friday night accident, a hospital spokesman said.
Jason Kenney, 21, was riding as a passenger on a motorcycle that was involved in a collision with a car about 5:35 p.m. Friday at an entrance ramp to the Kansas Turnpike on Kansas Highway 10 west of Lawrence.
The driver of the motorcycle, Matthew Smith, 21, Lawrence, was transported Saturday from Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center in Topeka to KU Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., where he was listed in fair condition Monday.
A Kansas Highway Patrol report said neither man was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
The report said the motorcycle was headed south on K-10 when it was hit by a car heading north and trying to turn left into the Lecompton turnpike toll plaza.
The driver of the car, 21-year-old Karissa Pinegar, of Lawrence, did not require medical attention, the KHP said.
Friday night, emergency responders had asked for two helicopter ambulances, but the helicopters couldn’t respond. A LifeStar helicopter based in Lawrence was refueling out of town and a LifeFlight Eagle helicopter wasn’t available because of a shift change, said Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Division Chief Rob Kort.
Emergency crews transported Kenney to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where he received 10 minutes of stabilization treatment before being loaded back into the same ground ambulance and rushed to KU Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., Kort said.
Kort said local emergency workers don’t depend on air ambulances, but will use them if it allows faster treatment for a patient with traumatic injuries.
“There are only a couple of air ambulances in the area, and if they’re busy … we go to plan B,” Kort said.
In Friday’s accident, Kort said there was no delay in treating the patient, who was taken from the scene 12 minutes after the accident was reported and was at KU Hospital about an hour afterward, even with the stop at LMH.
In a separate accident, a Topeka man also remained in serious condition Monday at KU Hospital.
Jacob McCullah, 25, was reportedly reaching for something in his truck when he crashed Sunday morning west of Baldwin City, Douglas County Sheriff’s officials said.
McCullah was taken by air ambulance to KU Hospital after the one-vehicle accident, authorities said.
Crews were called to the accident about 8:10 a.m. Sunday in the 1100 section of North 300 Road, which is also U.S. Highway 56, located about five miles west of Baldwin City.
The sheriff’s office said the accident occurred when McCullah’s Dodge pickup truck drifted off the road and landed in a ditch. No one else was involved in the accident.