Archive for Sunday, April 18, 2010

Multi-vehicle accident backs up Turnpike traffic for miles near Lawrence

A multiple-vehicle accident on the Kansas Turnpike slowed traffic outside of Lawrence Sunday afternoon. The accident took about an hour to clear and backed up traffic for miles.

April 18, 2010, 1:49 p.m. Updated April 18, 2010, 3:10 p.m.


A multiple vehicle accident in the westbound lanes of the Kansas Turnpike near the West Lawrence exit has traffic backed up for miles.

According to an emergency alert sent by the Kansas Turnpike, the accident has traffic backed up to mile marker 207, or halfway between the closed East Lawrence exit and the new Tonganoxie/Eudora interchange.

The accident happened about 1:30 p.m. There was no word immediately available about injuries. As of 2:30 p.m., the wreck has been cleared but traffic was still moving slowly.

Traffic is moving normally in the eastbound lanes.

No additional information was available Sunday evening.

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lawrencian 8 years, 2 months ago

Hey, KTA, doesn't that make you wish you hadn't COMPLETELY closed the East Lawrence exit?

LJW, did you know that they've renamed the exits on the turnpike? West Lawrence now labeled "MacDonald Drive" and East Lawrence now labeled "N 2nd Street"...

situveux1 8 years, 2 months ago

That actually kind of makes sense, you can't really call the West Lawrence exit west Lawrence anymore now that the K-10 exit is open. It would be more accurate to call the Lecompton exit the west Lawrence exit and the McDonald Drive exit "central" Lawrence?

lawrencian 8 years, 2 months ago

I was really criticizing the LJW for not keeping up with the times.

For myself, I don't think people know that those streets are "MacDonald Drive" or "N 2nd Street" so it doesn't help to name the exits after them... However, I give directions based on the exit numbers, so it doesn't really matter to me.

KEITHMILES05 8 years, 2 months ago

Acutally traffic was backed up EAST of the Eudora KTA exit.

KEITHMILES05 8 years, 2 months ago

Acutally traffic was backed up EAST of the Eudora KTA exit.

rcr 8 years, 2 months ago

"Luckly there seemed to be no injuries." That's good to hear,

"I think a semi truck rear ended a 2009 Ford Focus." Bet I know who won that battle.

puddleglum 8 years, 2 months ago

i heard it was caused by a toyota with faulty accelerator

Just_One_Voice 8 years, 2 months ago

This whole situation was caused by a minivan that had run out of gas on the turnpike bridge. Thank God that no one was hurt -- we are so thankful for that.

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