Emergency crews load an accident victim onto a LifeStar helicopter to be transported to an area hospital. The man was the driver of a jeep that rolled over on the Farmers' Turnpike between Lawrence and Lecompton.
A Life Star helicopter takes off from the scene of a single-vehicle rollover accident along the Farmers' Turnpike between Lecompton and Lawrence. Meanwhile, a firefighter attends to the accident scene.
A newspaper carrier for the Lawrence Journal-World was injured and flown via LifeStar helicopter to a Kansas City-area hospital Tuesday evening after he was ejected from his car in a rollover accident, witnesses said. The accident happened between Lawrence and Lecompton in the 700 section of North 1800 Road, also known as the Farmers’ Turnpike.
Units from Lecompton Township Fire Department and Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical were dispatched to the area about 6 p.m. The man’s Jeep was lying on its side and plastic newspaper bags were strewn in nearby trees.
“We heard tires screech, but didn’t think anything of it since we live so close to the road,” said Penny McCurdy, who lives nearby. McCurdy walked outside once she heard sirens and said the man was lying in the grass. She said emergency crews “spent a few minutes working on him” before they loaded the man into the helicopter.
A Douglas County Sherirf’s officer reportedly told a bystander that the man was “banged up, but should be OK.”
The man’s name was not officially released Tuesday night.