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Archive for Thursday, December 15, 2011

Highway patrol trooper injured in rollover accident in Leavenworth County

December 15, 2011, 10:01 a.m. Updated December 15, 2011, 11:48 a.m.

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A Kansas Highway Patrol trooper was taken to an area hospital by air ambulance Thursday morning following a rollover accident between Tonganoxie and Basehor.

The accident occurred about 7:35 a.m. just east of 182nd Street on U.S. Highway 24-40.

Trooper Josh Reischman of Tonganoxie was driving east on the four-lane divided highway headed to a call when the accident occurred, according to KHP’s Howard Dickinson. Reischman was behind another vehicle in the passing lane when it appeared that Reischman moved too far to the left and dropped a tire off the shoulder, Dickinson said. Reischman’s vehicle then went across the two eastbound lanes and into the south ditch. The vehicle hit a rise in the ditch and rolled over at least twice, Dickinson said.

Reischman was taken to KU Hospital by air ambulance and was in serious condition with non-life-threatening injuries, Dickinson said. The trooper was “bleeding pretty good,” Dickinson said, and had severe head trauma, as well as neck and back injuries. Reischman was wearing a seat belt and a bulletproof vest, Dickinson said.

“We’re better protected than the average everyday Joe,” he said.

Dickinson said troopers sometimes move a bit to the left if behind a vehicle that isn’t yielding to a highway patrol officer. This can allow for a driver to see the lights better in rear-view mirrors, Dickinson said.

The accident also caused traffic to be rerouted from U.S. 24-40 for some time Thursday morning.

Comments

Mike Frizzell 3 years ago

Any word if the driver who failed to yield to the Trooper, in a marked emergency vehicle, stopped at the accident or was that driver oblivious to what his/her actions had caused?

If they stopped, any citations expected?

If they did not stop, any dash cam video of the license plate to locate that vehicle and its driver?

fatheadff 3 years ago

Josh is a really good guy I hope he has a fast recovery. The problem is most KHP cars are now slick tops and only have a dash light and wig wags. Some have grille lights but it's still not enough to really get the attention they need. I understand they do it so they can move around a little better undetected but at some point a line needs drawn and add more lights which will increase the visibility when they approach from the rear.

ezbreezy 3 years ago

Two sides to every story. hope the officer is ok, but police are just as reckless as the public when it comes to driving.

skinny 3 years ago

That's why they video cameras, then you don't gave two sides of a story, you just have one, the troopers video!!

Tgill 3 years ago

If a motorist dropped a wheel and rolled over I am sure they would be required to blow into a breathalyzer wonder if the trooper had to. 4 lanes and dropped a wheel and the left side somebody was in way to big of a hurry emergency or not

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