One person was killed and another person was seriously injured in an accident on Kansas Highway 10 in far western Johnson County about 10:30 Monday night, the Kansas Highway Patrol said.
Dora Henning, a 76-year-old De Soto woman, was driving her Buick LeSabre east in the westbound lanes of K-10 when she collided with 41-year-old Refujio Gomez-Ruiz, of Kansas City. Henning had been driving the wrong way for several miles when she came over a hill and struck Gomez-Ruiz’s Ford Windstar head-on.
Henning died at the scene, while Gomez-Ruiz was transported to Overland Park Regional Medical Center with serious injuries from the accident. A hospital spokeswoman said late Tuesday afternoon that Gomez-Ruiz was in the hospital’s intensive care unit and was listed in critical condition.
The accident happened just minutes after another accident in eastern Douglas County, near Eudora, in which Henning forced another car off the road while traveling the wrong way, according to the highway patrol.
The other driver in that accident, 20-year-old Michael Yodler of Overland Park, was driving a 2002 Honda Civic. He suffered only minor injuries, and wasn’t transported from the scene. The first accident occurred about two miles west of the Johnson-Douglas county line.
Portions of westbound K-10 were shut down from De Soto to Eudora for several hours overnight as crews investigated the two accident scenes.