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Archive for Wednesday, November 3, 2010

23rd Street reopens after injury accident at Massachusetts Street intersection

Emergency crews tend to patients at the scene of a car accident on 23rd and Massachusetts streets on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010.

Emergency crews tend to patients at the scene of a car accident on 23rd and Massachusetts streets on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010.

November 3, 2010, 1:37 p.m. Updated November 3, 2010, 4:03 p.m.

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Multiple-vehicle accident blocks 23rd Street

Emergency crews tend to those involved in a multiple-vehicle accident at the intersection of 23rd and Massachusetts streets Wednesday afternoon. Enlarge video

Emergency crews treat a patient at the scene of an injury accident on 23rd and Massachusetts streets on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010.

Emergency crews treat a patient at the scene of an injury accident on 23rd and Massachusetts streets on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010.

Two vehicles sit at the scene of a three-car accident on 23rd and Massachusetts streets while emergency crews tend to a patient in the background on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010.

Two vehicles sit at the scene of a three-car accident on 23rd and Massachusetts streets while emergency crews tend to a patient in the background on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010.

Two people were taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Wednesday afternoon following an accident involving three vehicles near 23rd and Massachusetts streets, according to Lawrence police.

Police said about 1 p.m. the driver of a Honda Civic headed east on 23rd Street attempted to make a left turn but failed to yield to a westbound Infiniti sport utility vehicle that had a green light.

The collision sent the SUV into a nearby power pole, and the vehicle flipped onto its top. The 20-year-old driver and one 16-year-old passenger were taken to LMH via ambulance. Their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, Lawrence police spokeswoman Kim Murphree said. Another 16-year-old passenger was treated at the scene for minor injuries and released, Murphree said.

The Honda was pushed into a Ford F-150 truck driven by a 62-year-old man. But the drivers of those vehicles were not hurt, Murphree said.

The scene caused police to block 23rd Street briefly after the wreck. Gina Penzig, a Westar Energy spokeswoman, said no power outages were reported due to the crash as the company’s crews responded to the scene to make repairs.

Comments

Steve Jacob 4 years, 1 month ago

Wow, quick update, I was there say at 1:30 and nothing was up. Does not help parts of 19th St. is closed for repaving today.

irunsowhat 4 years, 1 month ago

Looks to be more serious than the article describes. Hope everyone involved is alright.

Ron Holzwarth 4 years, 1 month ago

There have been so many terrible auto accidents lately that I'm nervous about driving anywhere!

kernal 4 years, 1 month ago

Sorry to start this train again, but yesterday I only drove to the dentist and home. During the time on the road, while stopped at stop signs and stop lights, I observed 2 people texting while driving and almost everyone was on the cell phone.

Ron, you should be nervous about driving anywhere where the law allows people to drive while on a cell phone.

pizzapete 4 years, 1 month ago

I'm seeing way to much of this, too. Just last night I went outt to walk my dog and heard a loud female voice outside my home. I looked around and a girl on a bike without a light, smoking a cigarette, and talking on a cell phone wizzed by me. I am not making this up. Unbelievable!

cozy 4 years, 1 month ago

SO, lemme get this straight... 23rd st turned into Mass 'intersection' after this accident? They just decided to change the name today?

(Here, let me help the slower understand what Im talking about here)

It says 23rd Street reopens after injury accident AS Massachusetts intersection.

wmathews 4 years, 1 month ago

Thanks for catching that! I fixed the headline.

Whitney Mathews Online Editor

Flap Doodle 4 years, 1 month ago

What do you have to do to flip a car at the speeds one expects to drive on 23rd?

redmoonrising 4 years, 1 month ago

Except the one that flipped was the westbound one, not the eastbound one turning left and failing to yield.

Eride 4 years, 1 month ago

Mmph, I almost got hit by a car there while crossing the intersection today. People should learn how to drive.

Zachary Stoltenberg 4 years, 1 month ago

oh, but the SLT is a waste of money, save the beavers!

whats_going_on 4 years, 1 month ago

because building a new road will suddenly teach people how to drive?

yourworstnightmare 4 years, 1 month ago

There needs to be a big old traffic circle at 23rd and Mass. It would slow traffic down.

yourworstnightmare 4 years, 1 month ago

Concomitant with the 23rd and Mass traffic circle, the South Lawrence Trafficway should be completed.

Denny2009 4 years, 1 month ago

Lots of bad drivers out there, its really getting rediculous. People need to slow down, get OFF the cell phone and watch the road. Driving isn't a right, its a priviledge and there are lots of drivers out there that need their DLs taken away.

Rae Hudspeth 4 years, 1 month ago

Multiple people sustained minor injuries

That sounds like everyone was very fortunate to not be worse off. Hope they'll all be okay, espcially as it appears there may have been children in that topsy-turvy vehicle.

Michael Sizemore 4 years, 1 month ago

YWN - I've also thought that a traffic circle at that intersection would make sense. The current configuration is very bad - the Mass lanes don't line up - so every kid from Haskell has to make a blind left turn on to 23rd at the same time people coming from the North are racing to make the light. It's very dangerous! It's an ideal place for a traffic circle - the gateway for downtown for visitors from the east. Plenty of space with the city-owned parks to the north. Seems it would fit pretty well with the city's plans for the 23rd street corridor.

amesn 4 years, 1 month ago

I'm dumb..is a traffic circle the same thing as a roundabout? Such as the one on Monteray in between approx 13th and 8th streets?? Just curious

Randall Barnes 4 years, 1 month ago

yes roundabout traffic circle just like the stupid on they pit in on the kansas turnpike.

beerbaron03 4 years, 1 month ago

i don't know what you people are complaining about, i'm typing this on my phone while driving down iowa and nothing bad ha

Carol Bowen 4 years, 1 month ago

There is no turn signal on the south leg. Drivers must drive into the intersection blind.

cozy 4 years, 1 month ago

Have people never seen a blinking yellow caution light? Have they never seen a left turn arrow when they are in a left turn lane? If you cannot connect the dots as to what it means, you should not be on the road. God forbid you have to make a split-second decision to avoid an accident..

dubstep 4 years, 1 month ago

This intersection has to be the most dangerous in the city. Though I have enjoyed the opportunity to turn north on Mass from eastbound 23rd (a left turn) during the "left turn yield on green" this maneuver turning left from 23rd seems to be the most dangerous turn in the city. I went through this intersection daily last year and would regularly see people running red lights, barely avoiding collisions while turning left, and let's not forget people who turn left from Mass north of 23rd while people from south of 23rd are turning right though they must yield to oncoming traffic during their green lights.

Can we please make this intersection "left turn on green arrow only" already? Come on! I mean, come on!

whats_going_on 4 years, 1 month ago

Unless the left turn light was really long, I think that might worsen the traffic jams right there (even though they are already pretty freaking bad)

Thats_messed_up 4 years, 1 month ago

yeah it's unbelievable Lawrence drivers are allowed to turn left in front of cars going...........AAAAAHHHH 35 miles per hour. Ooooohhh the SPEED!!!!!! gmafb

Jennifer Alexander 4 years, 1 month ago

Yes, but they don't go 35, they go more like 45!

Michael Sizemore 4 years, 1 month ago

not to mention - being k-10 with no slt, a lot of semi-truck use 23rd. it's only a matter of time.

LadyJ 4 years, 1 month ago

Although not a factor in this accident, could the vegetation in the right turn island for the west bound drivers turning right on Mass be trimmed down a little. Very hard to see traffic coming. Theoretically the east bound cars turning onto Mass are suppose to stay in the left lane leaving the right lane for west bound traffic to merge onto Mass. Many times though the eastbound traffic turns into the right lane and it is hard to see them through the vegetation causing you to slow down or stop. It would be very helpful.

Just an observation, everyone's age was mentioned except the driver of the Honda that caused the accident. Wonder why, was it not available on the report?

evilpenguin 4 years, 1 month ago

It does seem like trimming the vegetation would help. But also taking heed of the yield sign at the westbound turn onto Mass would be useful. There's no point in complaining about slowing or stopping here as that is what you are supposed to do when yielding to traffic.

evilpenguin 4 years, 1 month ago

It seems like this was another case of an impatient driver causing a completely unavoidable accident. The impatient driver is an all too frequently spotted phenomena in Lawrence. I've seen a ridiculous number of wrecks in the last year which are either caused by people not paying attention (i.e. smoking or texting/calling) at the wheel or by people who just can't be bothered waiting for their turn. The number of people I see racing through an amber and red light is insane, why can't people just be more patient?

Why are there not better guidelines and more challenging driving tests for drivers? You should not be allowed to drive before age 16, you should have to re-sit your test every 5 years to ensure compliance, the test should be more thorough i.e. longer, more in depth, a much more challenging practical exam. It seems that it has been dumbed down to make sure more people can pass, but does anyone think that making the test idiot proof is in peoples' best interest? I think not.....

The DMV should also consider revising their driving license book. It is not as thorough as it should be and misses important points like proper stop sign etiquette. There is also not enough information on roundabouts. Drivers should be re-tested every 5 years and educated on new road laws, signs and construction. The number of people in town who don't seem to know what to do with a left turn lane is ridiculous!

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