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Archive for Thursday, August 25, 2011

Injury accidents gnarl traffic on three highways

KHP closes K-10 for 6 hours

Douglas County Sheriff's officers and Eudora law enforcement work to free a driver from a Penny's concrete truck that overturned on Kansas Highway 10 late Thursday afternoon. The accident delayed traffic for more than three hours.

August 25, 2011, 3:47 p.m. Updated August 26, 2011, 12:16 a.m.

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One person was flown by helicopter ambulance after a rollover accident on I-70

One person suffered serious injuries after a rollover accident on the Kansas Turnpike near Lecompton on Thursday. It was the first of three serious accidents in Douglas County on Thursday. Enlarge video

One person seriously injured in motorcycle accident on 24/40

A motocycle accident at the Leavenworth-Douglas county line sent two people to the hospital on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011. Douglas County Sheriffs' deputies and Kansas Highway Patrol troopers worked the accident, near the intersection of U.S. Highway 24/40 and Kansas Highway 32. Enlarge video

Douglas County Sheriff's deputies worked with Kansas Highway Patrol troopers and emergency personnel from Eudora and Lawrence to free a truck driver for Penny's Concrete from his rig about 4:30 p.m. on Thursday Aug. 25, 2011 near the Eudora exit on Kansas Highway 10 after it overturned, pinning him inside. The driver was flown by helicopter ambulance to an area hospital.

Douglas County Sheriff's deputies worked with Kansas Highway Patrol troopers and emergency personnel from Eudora and Lawrence to free a truck driver for Penny's Concrete from his rig about 4:30 p.m. on Thursday Aug. 25, 2011 near the Eudora exit on Kansas Highway 10 after it overturned, pinning him inside. The driver was flown by helicopter ambulance to an area hospital.

The second of three serious accidents on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011 involved a car-motorcycle accident on U.S. Highway 24/40 near the Douglas-Leavenworth county line about 3 p.m. Two people were transported to area hospitals.

The second of three serious accidents on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011 involved a car-motorcycle accident on U.S. Highway 24/40 near the Douglas-Leavenworth county line about 3 p.m. Two people were transported to area hospitals.

A Ford Mustang is pulled from a ditch along the Kansas Turnpike on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011. Emergency crews were investigating an accident that involved two cars in the eastbound lane. Traffic was stopped just west of East 600 Road to allow a LifeStar helicopter to land on the road.

A Ford Mustang is pulled from a ditch along the Kansas Turnpike on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011. Emergency crews were investigating an accident that involved two cars in the eastbound lane. Traffic was stopped just west of East 600 Road to allow a LifeStar helicopter to land on the road.

All lanes of Kansas Highway 10 near Eudora were reopened shortly after 10:15 p.m. after the Kansas Highway Patrol's commercial vehicle accident reconstruction team investigated a serious accident from earlier Thursday afternoon.

The highway was closed for more than six hours.

The accident was just the last of three accidents reported in Douglas County between 3 and 4:15 p.m. Helicopter ambulances were requested for all three. The other two accidents were on the Kansas Turnpike west of Lecompton and on U.S. Highway 24/40 near the Douglas-Leavenworth county line.

In the K-10 accident, a cement mixer blew a tire, causing the driver, identified as 44-year-old Tonganoxie resident Richard Vandruff, to lose control of the vehicle, according to a report from the KHP. Vandruff swerved onto the north shoulder of westbound K-10 before veering back across the lanes onto the median, where the vehicle then rolled before coming to rest on its side. Vandruff was trapped in his truck for more than 30 minutes while Lawrence Douglas County Fire Medical tried to rescue him. He was taken to a regional trauma center for treatment.

K-10 was closed both eastbound and westbound to give emergency officials room to work.

Earlier accidents included a car-motorcycle accident at milemarker 397 on U.S. Highway 24/40, shortly after 3:30 p.m. One person had critical injuries, and at least one other person had sustained unknown, less serious injuries.

According to a report from the Kansas Highway Patrol, the accident occurred when the vehicle in front of the motorcycle stopped suddenly. The driver and passenger on the motorcycle, identified as Manhattan residents Donald H. Burnett, 63, and Doreen H. Burnett, 65, were thrown from the vehicle when Donald attempted to brake.

Donald Burnett was to be taken by LifeStar helicopter to KU Hospital, however another accident was reported at the same time and the helicopter was dispatched to that accident instead. The KHP report lists both patients as being transported to KU Hospital and LMH, respectively. Nursing supervisors at each location had no additional information on the patients' conditions Thursday night. The report states neither patient was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

The investigation into the accident is pending.

The third accident was reported in the eastbound lanes of the Kansas Turnpike, just west of the Lecompton interchange.

According to a report from the Kansas Turnpike Authority, the first vehicle, driven by 29-year-old Fort Riley resident Eugene Hookano Pok Riddick II, lost control and struck the side of the second vehicle. Both vehicles crossed over all lanes of traffic, with the second vehicle rolling and coming to rest on its passenger side. The driver and passenger in the second vehicle, identified as Florida couple Robert and Joyce Berkoski, were transported to an area hospital with unknown injuries.

Riddick II was also transported to an area hospital after his vehicle came to rest in the south ditch.

A LifeStar helicopter was called to assist in patient transportation. The Turnpike was closed briefly to allow the helicopter to land on the road, but has since reopened.

No additional information regarding the condition of the three injured in the accident was available Thursday evening.

With the K-10 accident, a Hazmat response was also requested, because of spilled fuel and cement on the road. Additional information regarding the cause of the K-10 accident was not immediately available Thursday night. KHP is expected to release a report with the findings of the investigation.

Check back to LJWorld.com for updates.

Comments

Derek Broksieck 3 years, 3 months ago

This comment was removed by the site staff for violation of the usage agreement.

Stuart Evans 3 years, 3 months ago

seriously, that's your contribution to this story?

Derek Broksieck 3 years, 3 months ago

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jhawkinsf 3 years, 3 months ago

The gender of none of the accident drivers are in the report. But I'll do some stereotyping of my own and guess that the motorcycle driver and cement truck driver were both men, upping the odds that men were the majority of the drivers and upping the odds that men were the majority of the persons at fault. So your post is foolish, but given your name, what else should we have expected. Dumb indeed.

friendlyjhawk 3 years, 3 months ago

Areunormal and jhawksf contribute nothing to this forum. If it isn't your relative it makes ABSOLUTELY no difference what the sex of the injured is. You are nosy, crass, snoopy people.

CloveK 3 years, 3 months ago

I know the threading system isn't the easiest to follow, but they are responding to the deleted comment. The original post is the one you should be upset with. They are saying the same thing you are.

Stuart Evans 3 years, 3 months ago

thanks for the backup here. I'll calmly wait over here for friendlyjhawk to choke on their words.

John Hamm 3 years, 3 months ago

Oh yes, here we go again (no strike that) still! If three accidents on 3 major highways around Lawrence at approximately the same time don't give you some clue that it ISN'T the roadways - nothing will. Let me make it quite plain and simple for you, "It's the drivers!"

BlackVelvet 3 years, 3 months ago

awww...now don't you know we can't hold a PERSON responsible for their own actions? It's gotta be the fault of the environment, society or something else. We can't have personal responsibility. Whatever is wrong with you?

sr80 3 years, 3 months ago

I think i saw Bush # 2 walking down k-10 around that time,he surely was the cause !

meggers 3 years, 3 months ago

Do they have more than one helicopter they can dispatch?

I understand the need to divert the first one if the other person was more seriously injured, but it sounds like the person in the first accident was in pretty bad shape, too.

In any case, I hope everyone recovers. That's a lot of tragedy in a short period of time.

Jonathan Kealing 3 years, 3 months ago

There's one helicopter in Lawrence, another in Topeka, another in Junction City and at least one, though probably more, in the Kansas City area. At some point, the return diminishes because by the time the helicopter arrives, the patient could have already been driven to the hospital. Today is a very a-typical situation.

meggers 3 years, 3 months ago

Thanks for the clarification, Jonathan. It sounds like they had to make some tough choices in a hurry, given the unusual circumstances.

KEITHMILES05 3 years, 3 months ago

Lifestar is headquartered in Topeka but doesn't have a copter there. Their two are located in Junction City and Lawrence.

KEITHMILES05 3 years, 3 months ago

Lifestar can transport only one patient per copter.

howie1 3 years, 3 months ago

Actually yes they do have a lifestar heli in topeka ut us at forbes field and it takes off all of the time and it does have a hanger there too

flyboy1 3 years, 3 months ago

I love reading statements made by people ie: (jkealing,howie1) that don't have a clue about what they are talking about. You guys need to find some other productive way to spend your day. The correct information is that Life Star has a helicopter in Lawrence and a helicopter in Junction City. Life Star's business office is the only thing that is at Forbes Field in Topeka. Maybe you should get your facts straight before running your mouth on the blog and misleading the readers.

bklonnie 3 years, 3 months ago

I'm sure bozo will be along to tell us that all 3 accidents were caused solely by "speed".

Anyways, hopefully everyone is alright and makes it through.

gl0ck0wn3r 3 years, 3 months ago

I drove k10 today around 2pm and there were three major speed traps and more law enforcement than I have ever seen.

nut_case 3 years, 3 months ago

...and three major accidents, at least one of which was caused when 'the vehicle in front of the motorcycle stopped suddenly.'

I've seen this happen many times...an enhanced and 'visible' law enforcement presence means cops hiding just over hills, behind bridge abutments, in the shadows of an overpass, etc. The first car sees the cop and hits the brakes...second, third....fourth car in line stands on the brake pedal pretty hard...by the sixth/seventh/eighth car in line, people are in a full blown panic and skidding for the shoulders because they never expected smooth flowing traffic to suddenly hit the brakes.

Too bad, hope everyone is OK.

Phone_Man 3 years, 3 months ago

People would not need to hit the brakes or skid to the shoulder if they were not speeding and tailgating. These are both against the law if I recall; however it seems most people who live in Lawrence feel they are above the law and have the god given right to do as they please on the road.

I hope all parties involved are alright!

katekilla 3 years, 3 months ago

I'm not religious, and even I know the answer to this is to pray for everyone's safety. (not judge the drivers).

Sounds like a scary day in Lawrence.

Derek Broksieck 3 years, 3 months ago

prayers to those involved in the accident.

jhawkinsf 3 years, 3 months ago

Interesting comment since your first post was removed.

Jean Robart 3 years, 3 months ago

sheesh--I have to go to Kansas City tomorrow morning--guess who isn't taking K10

Jean Robart 3 years, 3 months ago

no kidding! If I go on the turnpike, I have a better chance. Rush hour traffic on I35 is miserable!. Gotta go to KUMED.

gsxr600 3 years, 3 months ago

At least this wasn't during a shift change for the lifestar pilots when none were dispatched like previous stories.

akt2 3 years, 3 months ago

It's bumper to bumper starting at Noria headed east clear thru Eudora.

George_Braziller 3 years, 3 months ago

I wonder if this was the same cement truck busting ass west on 23rd Street this morning about 11:30. I was at 23rd and Mass turning north and I even commented to my passenger that I had never seen a cement truck move that fast.

I had the light but there was no way that truck at that speed would be able to even slow down for a yellow light. It was on it's way through the intersection.

persevering_gal 3 years, 3 months ago

I just made it back to Lawrence after moving 1 mile in 45 minutes. I saw 2 helicopters leaving the area around 5:30-5:45 (don't quote me on that). A few decided to turn around on the roads in the median and drive through Eudora. Traffic was backed up slightly past the Eudora exit when I decided to turn around. However, the traffic through Eudora was pretty congested. I hope everyone is OK.

Eride 3 years, 3 months ago

You do realize how long the car has been around right? KC has been less than half an hour away for the entire life span of pretty much every single person who is alive.

There were plenty of people with legitimate reasons to be traveling back to Lawrence from KC yesterday. Thankfully I was paying attention and saw the massive traffic jam at Ridgeview Rd. and was able to turn around and get on I-70 but many people weren't as lucky.

Your comments are asinine.

Eride 3 years, 3 months ago

By "we" you mean "yourself". You're the only one suggesting that anyone who was stuck on the highway for several hours got their comeuppance... or who is suggesting that turning back the clock by over a century is achievable and a good idea.

Everything you have in your life is a result of the ability of people and goods to travel over distances much greater than 30 miles. You are a hypocrite of the worst kind.

Have some sympathy for the countless people who got stranded for hours instead of trying to use it as a rallying cry for your extremist (and wacko) position.

Phone_Man 3 years, 3 months ago

Go eat some granola, hug a tree, and calm down.

Eride 3 years, 3 months ago

Unless you are living without shelter, running water, power, agriculturally grown food, clothes, medical care, etc you shouldn't be wishing for the world to go back to how it was thousands of years ago.

Everything you have right now only exists because of combustion.

Adrienne Sanders 3 years, 3 months ago

I would like to know how fast you're driving to get to Kansas City in less than half an hour.

jesse499 3 years, 3 months ago

i'm thinking well over the speed limit .Back to the guy that thinks driving 40 miles to work is asinine last I checked with the jobs in this country the way they are you do what you've got to do. I know your going to say move but last time I checked home sales were not doing to good. If you have to drive 40 miles to suport your family that's what you got do. Asinine.are the ones sitting on there fat ones that are healthy enough to work collecting welfare off of the ones working. Before someone jumps in here I'm not talking about the ones who really need the help.

kernal 3 years, 3 months ago

jhawkinsf, I'm not clear on how a blown tire is the fault of the cement truck's driver. It may be the fault of whoever maintains those trucks for Penny Concrete, but I'm really not sure why it would be the driver's fault.

Crazy_Larry 3 years, 3 months ago

If the truck's tires had a speed rating of 65 mph and the driver was doing 75 mph then the tire could have blown and it would be the driver's fault.

Paul Gottesburen 3 years, 3 months ago

JK, the caption on the cement truck video is incorrect. I doubt the SO or Eudora PD did much in the way of trying to free the driver. They tend to leave things like that up to the FD, in this case LDCFM and Eudora Fire/Twp.

FishandGame 3 years, 3 months ago

I assume that EMS is in charge of calling a helicopter? or making the decision to transport to LMH....

Helicopters are called far too often, when patient's can receive life saving, stabilizing care right here in Lawrence!!!

Get the Helicopter!!! Call the Helicopter! Convenient way to punt the case out of town....

I would like to have a news story reviewing and investigating this protocol. Helicopter flights are extremely expensive and retrospectively often are not covered by insurance.

Eride 3 years, 3 months ago

There isn't a Trauma center in Lawrence, KS. I am having trouble understanding your assertion that all of these patients in critical condition can receive care in Lawrence when factually they can't.

haggisgirl 3 years, 3 months ago

I'm a little confused because the article says "The report states neither patient was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident" and yet there is a helmet clearly in the picture next to the man being attended by the EMT's. I realize it could have flown off the motorcycle in the collision but it seems odd that it ended up so close to the driver.

Flap Doodle 3 years, 3 months ago

Where's Mr. Pontification to scold us for our car-centered culture?

08Champs 3 years, 3 months ago

Drove K10 today and the strip of tire from the Penny's truck is laying by the side of the road just waiting to be hit. Clean up on aisle 10!

Ewok79 3 years, 3 months ago

I got a soloution to a the kaos that goes on daily along K-10. The city of Lawrence should create more jobs, other than fast food & low paying jobs such as Lowe's. Then we wouldn't have to risk death daily on K-10...............Just a thought.

mommy_n_me 3 years, 3 months ago

I would like to see a story about all the motorcycle accidents that have happened this past week, to month!!!!! Motorcycles are everywhere in this whether and I personally know of 3 accidents involving motorcycles that my husband towed!! Maybe alittle piece on motorcycle awareness!!!!

Crazy_Larry 3 years, 3 months ago

I'm pretty sure the number of motorcycles on the road is going up, as they're relatively cheap to own and operate.

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