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Archive for Thursday, July 7, 2011

Two Johnson County women injured in median cross-over accident on Kansas Highway 10

Trooper injured in second crash in area

July 7, 2011, 2:37 p.m. Updated July 7, 2011, 3:15 p.m.

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Two Johnson County women were injured in a cross-median crash Thursday morning on Kansas Highway 10 near the Kansas Highway 7 intersection, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

The accident report said Connie J. Moll, 43, of Olathe, was attempting to merge her 2001 Ford truck onto eastbound K-10 from K-7 at 7:55 a.m. when she lost control. Her truck crossed the median and struck a 2007 Kia vehicle head-on in the westbound lanes just west of Woodland Road.

The Kia’s driver, Jill L. Nicholson, 31, of Overland Park, also was injured. Both women, who were wearing seat belts, were taken to Overland Park Regional Medical Center, according to the accident report.

A second crash occurred as traffic approached the accident. A 54-year-old Shawnee man, Timothy D. Shea, was traveling westbound at 8:10 a.m. and attempting an illegal U-turn in a 2004 Buick car, but he was struck by a KHP vehicle traveling on the left shoulder running emergency lights and sirens, according to the crash report.

Shea was taken to Shawnee Mission Medical Center, and Trooper Matthew Brooks, 32, also of Shawnee, was taken to Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan.

The Kansas Department of Transportation is studying the safety of K-10 and the possible use of a cable-median barrier between Lawrence and Interstate 435.

The study was prompted after an April 16 cross-median crash near the Church Street interchange killed two Eudora residents, including 5-year-old Cainan Shutt. A group that is advocating the barriers, including government representatives and residents from cities along the corridor, is next scheduled to meet July 14 in Eudora.

Comments

Kontum1972 2 years, 9 months ago

sorry to say but its not the road.....

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Ewok79 2 years, 9 months ago

Well said FieldTested, get outta the left lane unless your passing. That does NOT include getting passed on the right side. Please people take care of your vehicals, replace worn tires, inspect & change your brakes as needed. This not your race track.

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FieldTested 2 years, 9 months ago

Keep right except to pass, use properly inflated tires with tread on them, don't text while driving, be attentive, learn the rules of the road. That would fix 90% of the problems with driving on K-10. Almost all of the other complaints come down to someone not following these simple rules. Having problems with people tailgating you? I'll wager you are in the left lane going slower than the average speed of traffic. Having trouble with traction on wet roads? Don't drive on tires so bald they are racing slicks.

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senegal66025 2 years, 9 months ago

Slow down please. Drive the speed limit on K-10 and count the cars that pass you.

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dadt 2 years, 9 months ago

The K-10/K-7 interchange is dangerous especially heading west, but it would improve things if more drivers going through either east or west would move over to the passing lane. Way too many drivers don't move to the passing lane to allow incoming and outgoing traffic to safely merge. It's one of my biggest pet peeves and I drive it daily. One more pet peeve are the idiot speeders, particularly from Douglas County who run late in the morning heading east. Tailgating and speeding are a real problem everywhere on K-10.

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Joe Hyde 2 years, 9 months ago

That 7-10 Junction is a very tricky spot to drive through whether you're entering/exiting K-7 or entering/exiting K-10. The two biggest I see problems are:

1) Merging drivers don't have their left-side rear view mirror aimed correctly. Unable to check their blind spot while merging, they steer straight into the left lane in a manner that cuts off or crowds thru-travelling vehicles that already occupy that lane. Very hairy situation.

2) The merging lanes are not nearly long enough to let merging traffic accelerate to a speed that matches thru-traffic velocity.

An inexpensive safety upgrade would be to simply post localized lower speed limit signs on both highways -- a modest-size speed zone of perhaps 55mph that extends 300 yards all directions. Once through this slower zone a driver could resume driving the 70mph maximum. But while in the zone all thru-vehicles would be moving slower, thus buying time for acceleration of merging traffic, and buying time for making better collision avoidance decisions.

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OonlyBonly 2 years, 9 months ago

What did the road do wrong? Absolutely nothing! The drivers, on the other hand, - except for the trooper - seemed to exhibit pretty "normal" stupidity!

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OonlyBonly 2 years, 9 months ago

What did the road do wrong? Absolutely nothing! The drivers, on the other hand, - except for the trooper - seemed to exhibit pretty "normal" stupidity!

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Xwards 2 years, 9 months ago

I was about 100 feet behind the accident when it happened. The red truck went into the ditch on the right side then shot across the east-bound lanes, through the median into the west-bound lane. At the speed she was going, I'm not sure that cable barriers would have stopped her. I didn't see the impact due to traffic but I did see a car head off into the right ditch on the west-bound lane. Traffic was fairly heavy at that time. It was just west of milepost 26.

The road was wet from the rain. I think without any weight over the truck's rear wheels, the wet pavement, and trying to accelerate, the old Ford just got away from her.

FWIW, I had the cruise control set on 70, but had to turn it off before I got to the accident because traffic got too heavy and I did have my seat belt on. Drive carefully and defensively!

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buckjennings 2 years, 9 months ago

This is a clear case of driver incompetence. You can't cure stupid and cable barriers aren't going to save us.

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Carol Bowen 2 years, 9 months ago

How fast were these drivers driving?

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thebcman 2 years, 9 months ago

the inner cloverleaf ramps of that intersection are horrible. the curves are too tight .. not enough space to build up traffic speed .. not enough room to merge. needs a serious redesign. not to mention johnson county drivers are the rudest most inconsiderate drivers on the planet.

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Curtis Lange 2 years, 9 months ago

Something is fishy in the story. The K-10/K-7 interchange is nowhere near the Woodland Rd exit. Also, I'm still lol'ing at the idiot making the illegal U-turn and getting nailed by the cop.

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klthompson1 2 years, 9 months ago

A study of "the safety of K-10" does not say to me that the structural integrity or engineering of the road is in question, especially when this was brought about by the request for cables to be installed to reduce death/injury as the result of crossover accidents.

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klthompson1 2 years, 9 months ago

Why are all of you talking about structural/physical causes for the accident? Who ever insinuated that the engineering of the road was the reason?

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 9 months ago

Median cables have limitations of which one may depend on how big a vehicle and at what speed. Nothing absolute.

This is why I suggest allowing a volunteer mini forest to take seed and get growing.

Saves $$$$ on mowing and might be a bit more effective.

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Scott Morgan 2 years, 9 months ago

Normally I do not comment on accident reports, although I read comments with interest.

I was driving about 78 mph (cruise control) when we approached the accident area this morning. No police or emergency vehicles had arrived yet. Maybe drive K-10 twice a month, but had just a few seconds before mentioned to my passenger how well the highway was drained after the rain.

I will join the dozens and dozens of others and state, I can see no structural physical reason for the accident.

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klthompson1 2 years, 9 months ago

The point is, Sychophant, that even due to driver negligence, these cable barriers could save lives. Her crossing over into opposite lanes of traffic may have been because of her attempt to merge at an unsafe speed (we really don't know as speed wasn't indicated to be a factor), but had cable barriers been there in the median, it could have prevented her vehicle from crossing over and hitting the other vehicle head on. The fact is, K-10 is a heavily traveled road and the installation of these barries could help prevent further serious injury and/or death by keeping vehicles from crossing into opposing lanes of traffic. I don't know if they are the answer, but I'm looking forward to the results of the study to see if these could be effective. Reports that I've read in areas where these cables are installed show that they are in fact effective in keeping vehicles from crossing into opposing lanes---which it seems reasonable would reduce the number of fatalities from head-on collisions.

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Jake Esau 2 years, 9 months ago

The K-7/K-10 interchange is particularly bad when going from NB K-7 to WB K-10 or SB K-7 to EB K-10. There is not much room there to merge because of the cloverleaf design. If the accident happened just west of Woodland road though, I would think she would have been coming from NB K-7 to EB K-10. There's at least a little more room there...

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blindrabbit 2 years, 9 months ago

Maybe instead of the standard highway barrier cables being proposed for K-10, KDOT ought to look into aircraft arresting cables such as used on U.S. Navy aircraft carriers. Each auto would need to be equipped with a tail hook though.

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common_man 2 years, 9 months ago

This morning's commute was also challenged by periods of heavy rainfall and pooling on roads in some areas. Dealing with low vis and high speeds during an already challenging merge can turn small errors into tragedy very quickly. I don't see any weather/road conditions at the time of the accident mentioned.

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CHEEZIT 2 years, 9 months ago

Yea and those people don't slow down!! If your in the right lane and can't get over because of traffic they don't care they just keep barreling into the lane!!! Especially the West bound traffic that comes out of that business park right after 435 and they usually get off at the next exit. They just see how fast they can do it!

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Steve Jacob 2 years, 9 months ago

It is getting harder and harder to get onto K-10 from K-7 during busy times. It's worst going westbound on 10, because you have to dodge cars turning right to Olathe.

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Bob Forer 2 years, 9 months ago

This accident appears to have very little to do with the engineering of the road, and everything to do with driver negligence. Sounds like she was attempting to merge at an unsafe speed. Hope everyone involved mends well, and has a speedy recovery.

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