Archive for Saturday, August 20, 2011

Crews dispatched to accident on K-10 westbound

August 20, 2011, 5:50 p.m. Updated August 20, 2011, 9:55 p.m.


The westbound lane of K-10 is closed off at Kill Creek Road,  in an August 2010 file photo, as emergency crews respond to an accident.

The westbound lane of K-10 is closed off at Kill Creek Road, in an August 2010 file photo, as emergency crews respond to an accident.

A 22-year-old Overland Park man was transported to Overland Park Regional Medical Center Saturday afternoon after sustaining injuries in an accident on Kansas Highway 10.

According to a report from the Kansas Highway Patrol, the accident occurred when the man, identified as William Casey Miller, drifted off to the inside shoulder in the westbound lane of the highway. His vehicle struck the guardrail, causing Miller to lose control. He then struck the outside bridge rail before his vehicle rolled, eventually coming to rest on its wheels.

The accident, which occurred about 4:20 p.m. near the bridge over Lexington Avenue in Johnson County, shut down traffic in the area. The vehicle sustained moderate damage and the driver's injuries were not believed to be life threatening.

A condition update for Miller was not available Saturday night.


youngjayhawk 6 years, 7 months ago

Really wish people would slow down, and drive attentively / defensively on this highway. Come on, folks!

abean22 6 years, 7 months ago

well i really wish people would just get over into the one lane! you can clearly see an accident and that a lane is closed a mile ahead, but still drive all the way to the front of the line and cut in. the reason the line doesn't move is because of those ignorant, selfish people!!!!! and after passing the accident site, a car swerved into my lane and if i didn't drive into the shoulder i would have been hit... would ave been yet another accident on K-10. PAY ATTENTION

kusp8 6 years, 7 months ago

Actually, there was a recent study, I can't remember the university off the top of my head, but it was reference off of the KDOT website, which said people who did that aren't actually causing delays. By having them continue to move ahead in the other lane they're allowing traffic to stack up closer to the closer and therefore the problem won't be presented until closer to the actual location.

whatadrag 6 years, 7 months ago

Check out the book entitled Traffic by Tom Vanderbilt. In it he cites studies showing that late mergers reduce delays.

The only reason one of these "A-holes" should become injured is if a self-appointed traffic cop like yourself straddles the lane.

It's unfortunate that you wish harm and damage to others.

Cai 6 years, 7 months ago

Regardless of whether or not they are slowing people down, they shouldn't be merging ANYWHERE in such a way that causes someone to have to swerve into the shoulder to avoid another accident.

nut_case 6 years, 7 months ago

Well, that is clearly BS. All you have to do is put down the cell phone and watch how the entire 'through' lane has to stab on their brakes each time one of the people from the 'idiot' lane cuts in front. Maybe it doesn't cause a delay for those few people cutting in, but everyone following the flow is delayed.

If they wouldn't cut in the very front, but merge peacefully further back, everyone would get through much faster. Several times I've seen a semi or other big truck pull out and block the 'idiot' lane, suddenly the through traffic starts flowing very smoothly and quickly.

Here is an animation of it in action (neat site overall, BTW)

Cai 6 years, 6 months ago

The problem with all of the studies is that what really reduces the delay is when everyone does the same thing.

If everyone would stay in two lanes and EXPECT to merge at exactly the same point, with every other lane getting turns in order, the delay would be minimized.

But people simply aren't capable of that. Simulations simply don't capture all the pieces. Neither do any experimental studies.

Edwin Rothrock 6 years, 7 months ago

"Zipper Merging" is gaining lots of support - both lanes are used up to the merge point. Every work zone in Minnesota this summer had signs encouraging it. It has several (claimed) advantages: 1) It decreases the length of the "queue" 2) It increases the reaction time drivers have to slow down when traffic is suddenly slowed down 3) In heavy traffic, it significantly increases the "throughput", decreasing wait time

It requires education and signage to be most effective.

Here's a study:

Who knew the selfish line-jumping jerks were right?

blindrabbit 6 years, 7 months ago

K-10 should be designated a "Demolition Derby Zone". Clearly this highway is populated by people who have no business driving a deadly weapon.

Alceste 6 years, 7 months ago is an entire thread about why there will continue to be wrecks on K-10 because people in their F-150's with rammers; soccer moms (in mini-vans no less with junior in tow, strapped into the "safety chair", too) hurtling down the road at 80+mph; children doing the exact same thing at even higher speeds and with a sense of entitlement and "right" just don't get that the road between Lawrence and JoCo known as K-10 is just a glorified hillbilly highway. Wrecks will continue to happen over and over and over again until the drivers understand it's just too short of a distance (between Lawrence and JoCo) to merit risking your life to save 5 mins. It is what it is.

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 7 months ago

"Wrecks will continue to happen over and over and over again until the drivers understand it's just too short of a distance (between Lawrence and JoCo) to merit risking your life to save 5 mins."

The vast majority of drivers will simply never understand that you save only a very small amount of time by going faster. Exactly why most drivers don't grasp that concept is an enigma.

Perhaps it's because they didn't learn anything from their high school math classes.

The reality is that wrecks are just going to keep on happening for three basic reasons: 1) A lack of mathematical skills, and 2) A lack of attentiveness, and 3) A lack of common courtesy towards others.

Cai 6 years, 6 months ago

The fact remains that faster driving is simply NOT correlated with more dangerous driving at the speeds you're talking about. the 'Danger' difference in fully aware, practiced, and attentive drivers between the speeds of 70 mph and 80 mph are extremely minimal.

The problems show up when people talk on cell phones (yes even hands free), have more than superficial conversations with passengers (read: anything emotionally charged, or that takes intellect and cognition, detracting from attention on the road), text and drive, eat and drive, put on makeup and drive, try to dart around cars, don't leave enough space between them and other cars, etc etc.

These are the things that increase the "Danger" of driving, and they exist whether you're driving 60 or 90. Regulating any of them, however, has proven. . . . problematic. But these are the issues that should be addressed first. Just because you're going the speed limit doesn't mean that these behaviors are any safer. From a percentage standpoint, we'd be FAR better off if we could eliminate these behaviors entirely, but increase the speed limit on that road to 90mph.

LeAnne Stowe 6 years, 7 months ago


Please let me see the data that supports re-routing traffic unaided through DeSoto and back to K-10! THIS IS A JOKE.

You had heavy traffic routed through a left turn stop sign in DeSoto... so once you got through the back up on the highway you had to have a backup in desoto and then traffic was not slowed so we all could get through.


and unsafe.

It was a one car accident. A clear lane was open for traffic to pass. Instead they had a Park's guy routing traffic off to Desoto WHILE FOUR HP CARS SAT IN THE ROAD WHILE ONE OFFICER TOOK PICTURES.

Wish I would have video taped this.

PLEASE REVIEW THIS PRACTICE. clear the accident quickly, open a lane quickly, make it safe. this is the second time we have had to go on a country route around an accident on our way to lawrence... the other was the fatality of the little boy and the crossover. i get it for a crossover like that where it's fatal, in this case we could clearly see a lane could have been left open....



Bob Harvey 6 years, 7 months ago

With all of the accidents on this racetrack, better known as K-10, you would think there would be more law enforcement presence. Even if it only saved one life it would be worth it. Both Johnson and Douglas County could solve their budget issues with the speeding tickets written. Hopefully with less speed, and enforcing the distracted driver laws, we could actually do something about this road from hell.

Hoots 6 years, 7 months ago

If you look at many of the accidents speed had nothing to do with it. Most of them have been people compromised by alcohol and drugs or complete lack of attention to driving. Oh, I left out people who think they're driving in London and drive down the other side of the road.

joeschmoew 6 years, 7 months ago

I always drive on the wrong side of the road! I thought that was the side you're supposed to drive on.

lastcall4oh 6 years, 7 months ago

Time to increase enforcement of the speed limit. If they started pulling people over for going over the speed limit, and not just waiting for someone going at least 10+, I bet you would see people slowing down. Plus look at all the increased revenue.

grimpeur 6 years, 7 months ago

Agreed with Alceste, Pleiku, and last: if cops started seriously writing tickets for speeding, tailgating, cell phone use, and drunkenness, and if the remedies included big fines (say, $500 for cell phone use behind the wheel), impoundment of vehicles (you know, like they do for drug stops), and swift suspension of licenses, and if prosecutors hammered these people instead of offering fake traffic classes, payoffs to avoid points against the license, and diversions for drunks and habitual violators, we'd see fewer bad drivers and an increase in revenue as a side benefit.

Why did this driver leave the road? Cell phone? Texting?

LJW reporters, when cell phone use is a factor, that needs to be a part of the story, just like when you follow up with a story by stating, "alcohol may have been a factor" in a crash. A story in June reported that a woman caused a crash when she failed to see a red light at 11th and Ky. A story from December reported that a driver "became distracted," leading to a rollover crash.

Neither story reported what exactly distracted the drivers. Are police routinely investigating cell phone usage records? If so, are these reports making it into the news? If not, why not?

CreatureComforts 6 years, 7 months ago

There is nothing illegal about using your cell phone while driving. Texting, yes, but not talking. If you're going to stand up and say the laws need better enforcement, I recommend knowing the laws first.

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 7 months ago

"The accident, which occurred about 4:20 p.m."

4:20? That's interesting.

Joe Hyde 6 years, 7 months ago

That time of day the driver could have been getting sleepy. The bio-rhythm thing, you know.

Everyone who drives long distances on highways sooner or later has problems staying awake. Sleepiness can hit just about anytime, really. Driver fatigue is the most under-rated and silent of killers. It's come close to punching my ticket many times, the worst incidents happening when I was in my 20s and began commuting to Topeka to work.

The various tricks one can employ behind the wheel to fight off driver fatigue are learned through experience, or from conversations with more experienced drivers. Unfortunately, gaining the needed experience often means having some very close calls with death.

The driver in this K-10 accident was lucky and survived. Whatever the issue was that caused him to lose control, chances are he'll remember it and this will never happen again.

rcr 6 years, 7 months ago

Not that I condone the use of cell phones while driving, the last I checked it was not against the law to talk on your phone while driving in the state of Kansas. So it would be a little tough to pull someone over and give them a citation for doing that. Now if they are caught texting while driving, throw the book at them.

kernal 6 years, 7 months ago

Due to State budget constraints, Kansas has a shortage of highway patrol persons on the road. Due to County budget constraints, Douglas County has a shortage of sheriff deputies on the road. Due to City of Eudora budget constraints, Eudora police are keeping busy writing tickets on the section of K-10 that rolls by their town.

blindrabbit 6 years, 7 months ago

Used to drive "old" K-10 back in the day before the current one was built, as bad as it was, winding through Desoto and Udonkey it was more sane than the present situation.

UfoPilot 6 years, 7 months ago

Another accident caused by cell phone use while driving.

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