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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.

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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.

Comments

The_Original_Bob 2 years, 7 months ago

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

I'm not discounting that. In fact, I would add that to this... Late August. the sun is moving south. A partly cloudy sky, going westbound. It may be as innocent as he wasn't used to the sun's new position in the sky at that time of day.

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biggunz 2 years, 7 months ago

No wonder the world is in the mess it's in. You liberal nuts are total pussies.

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UfoPilot 2 years, 7 months ago

Another accident caused by cell phone use while driving.

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blindrabbit 2 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.

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felixiscariot 2 years, 7 months ago

I like to leave a little early and take the scenic route. Usually there is less traffic and the speed limits are much slower. There have been a dozen+ wrecks on K-10 this year alone. I would suggest people try to find a less congested route to their destination.

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kernal 2 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.

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rcr 2 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.

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Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 8 months ago

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

4:20? That's interesting.

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grimpeur 2 years, 8 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?

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lastcall4oh 2 years, 8 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.

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Bob Harvey 2 years, 8 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.

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annieinkansas 2 years, 8 months ago

THE KANSAS HIGHWAY PATROL NEEDS TO REVIEW THEIR PROTOCOL.

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.

THIS IS INEFFECTIVE.

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....

MORE INFO NEEDED.

NOW.

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Alceste 2 years, 8 months ago

http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2011/aug... 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.

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blindrabbit 2 years, 8 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.

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abean22 2 years, 8 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

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Marlboro_Man 2 years, 8 months ago

You don't even know what happened. Don't jump to conclusions.

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youngjayhawk 2 years, 8 months ago

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

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