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Archive for Wednesday, December 21, 2011

I-70 now open after early morning semi accident near Lecompton; injuries reported

December 21, 2011, 4:03 a.m. Updated December 22, 2011, 12:00 a.m.

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Backed up traffic on Interstate 70 begins to move after the clearing of an accident involving several vehicles around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday at westbound mile marker 194, near Lecompton. Operation 100, the Journal-World's news partner, reported that a jackknifed semi-trailer had been blocking traffic on I-70. But by 5 a.m., all lanes were open, according to a representative from the Kansas Turnpike Authority..

Backed up traffic on Interstate 70 begins to move after the clearing of an accident involving several vehicles around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday at westbound mile marker 194, near Lecompton. Operation 100, the Journal-World's news partner, reported that a jackknifed semi-trailer had been blocking traffic on I-70. But by 5 a.m., all lanes were open, according to a representative from the Kansas Turnpike Authority..

I-70 Accident

Interstate 70 is now clear after several vehicles were involved in an accident around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday at westbound mile marker 194, near Lecompton. A jackknifed semi-trailer had been blocking traffic on I-70. Enlarge video

Two people were injured about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday in a three-vehicle accident that included two semitrailers on Interstate 70 in the westbound lanes three miles west of the Lecompton interchange.

According to a Kansas Highway Patrol report, De Q. Le, a 53-year-old Garden Grove, Calif., man driving a 2003 Freightliner semitrailer, slid and came to a stop facing west in the outside lane. Another semitrailer, driven by a 52-year-old man, Charles Steven Drummond, St. Catharine, Mo., then struck Le’s trailer.

The report said both vehicles then spun around and struck a 1999 Toyota sport utility vehicle, driven by Lindsay Guthmiller, 21, Lawrence. Drummond and a passenger in Le’s truck, Rowland C. Reddick, 46, of Marceline, Mo., were injured. Guthmiller and Le were not listed as injured. Reddick was the only one not wearing a seat belt, according to the report.

Drummond and Reddick were taken to Stormont-Vail Health Center in Topeka. A hospital official said Wednesday afternoon they were treated and released. The National Weather Service had warned drivers Wednesday morning to watch for patches of ice because of the cold temperatures.

Comments

Lguthmil 2 years, 3 months ago

I am Lindsay I was not hit buy either semi I was able to stop a few feet in front of the second semi. I did scrap along the concrete barrier and hit a lot of debris from the semis crashing that is why I was able to walk away uninjured. I was very lucky to stop in time especially with all the ice on the road I never did lose control and I am counting my blessings today!

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billbodiggens 2 years, 3 months ago

The man was driving a semitrailer?

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costello 2 years, 3 months ago

"21-year-old Lindsay Guthmiller, 21, of Lawrence"

I wonder how old Ms. Guthmiller is. :)

I hope none of the injuries are serious, and everyone recovers quickly.

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