Two dead, three with serious injuries after accident on Kansas Highway 10 near Eudora

A two-vehicle accident about 3:30 p.m. on Kansas Highway 10 east of Eudora Saturday, April 16, 2011, claimed the lives of two people. Three others were seriously injured.

A 5-year-old and a 24-year-old were killed and three others were seriously injured in a two-vehicle, head on collision Saturday on Kansas Highway 10, near mile marker 11 just south of Eudora.

According to a report from the Kansas Highway Patrol, the accident occurred about 3:30 p.m. The 24-year-old, Eudora resident Ryan Pittman, was pronounced dead at the scene, while the 5-year-old, Eudora resident Cainan Shutt, was not breathing when emergency crews arrived. He was taken to Overland Park Regional Medical Center and later pronounced dead.

The accident occurred when a Toyota Camry driven by Pittman left the eastbound lanes of K-10 and crossed over the median. The vehicle then struck a Dodge Caravan traveling west head-on.

Two helicopters transported two of the patients, while the other was transported by ambulance. Eudora resident Danny Basel, 57, was the driver of the van and was transported to Overland Park Regional Medical Center. Deborah Basel, 51, Eudora, was taken to Kansas University Hospital.

According to Cindy Shutt-Brown, a relative of the the victims, Courtlyn Shutt, 23 months old, is recovering from a broken neck at Children’s Mercy Hospital. The Basels are the grandparents of Courtlyn and Cainan, she said.

A two-vehicle accident on Kansas Highway 10 east of Eudora about 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16, 2011, claimed the lives of two people. Three others were seriously injured.

Shutt-Brown said the family is planning on starting a memorial fund of some type, but she did not have specific details yet.

Further condition updates for the patients were not available from any of the hospitals.

According to KHP reports, Pittman was the only victim not wearing a seat belt.

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Two people died and three others had life-threatening injuries after a two-vehicle accident on Kansas Highway 10 near Eudora on Saturday, April 16, 2011. At least one helicopter was called to take one of the injured to a Kansas City-area hospital.