Archive for Thursday, July 22, 2010

80-year-old Lawrence man dies in accident west of Emporia

July 22, 2010, 7:45 a.m. Updated July 22, 2010, 8:40 a.m.


The Kansas Highway Patrol has identified an 80-year-old Lawrence man as the victim of a Wednesday morning fatal accident that occurred during rain in Chase County.

Carl H. Allam, of Lawrence, was driving a 1997 Buick LeSabre east in the westbound lane of U.S. Highway 50 around 3 a.m. Wednesday when the car was struck by a westbound semitrailer, according to the KHP report. The collision happened 8 miles east of Strong City or about 10 miles west of Emporia.

KHP Trooper Scott Proffitt said the wreck occurred during a period of rain in an area of curves on the highway.

“Those two things alone can cause enough problems,” Proffitt said, adding the wreck was still under investigation.

Allam’s eastbound car was either moving slowly or stopped in the westbound lane at the time of the crash, according to the report. Allam died at the scene.

The driver of the semitrailer, 57-year-old Jerry Henley of Jackson, Ark., was not injured. Both men were wearing seat belts.


cheeseburger 7 years, 11 months ago

Mercury does not make a LeSabre. Buick made the LeSabre; Mercury has the Sable.

Jonathan Kealing 7 years, 11 months ago

You are right of course. That's how KHP has it listed. We'll try to figure out which they meant.

riverdrifter 7 years, 11 months ago

Hwy 50 a deathtrap?! Super 2 highway with wide paved shoulders, rumble strips and passing lanes from Emporia to Newton. Maybe the giant roundabout at Florence thows you for a loup, as it were.

blindrabbit 7 years, 11 months ago

There have been quite a few fatalities in that stretch of 50. They added several sets of pullover lanes between Emporia and Strong City several years ago; I drive it occasionally and don't see why it is so dangerous. Just watch for the cattle trucks, especially at night.

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