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Archive for Wednesday, May 18, 2011

One person killed in rollover accident on U.S. Highway 59, south of Pleasant Grove Hill

One person was killed in a single-vehicle rollover accident on U.S. Highway 59, near N. 700 Road, south of Pleasant Grove Hill. The accident happened shortly before 6 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to emergency dispatchers. Lawrence Douglas County Fire and Medical units on the scene reported the vehicle had left the roadway and suffered major damage.

May 18, 2011, 6:09 a.m. Updated May 18, 2011, 9:44 p.m.

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N 700 Road Accident

A 37-year-old Ottawa man, Terry Star, was killed Wednesday in a single-vehicle rollover accident on U.S. Highway 59 near North 700 Road, about six miles south of Lawrence.

The accident happened shortly before 6 a.m. Wednesday, according to emergency dispatchers. Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical units on the scene reported the vehicle had left the highway and suffered major damage.

Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies and Kansas Highway Patrol troopers were investigating the accident.

A report from the highway patrol Wednesday evening said Star’s vehicle had struck an embankment and appeared to have been airborne and overturned at least once before coming to a stop. The report states Star had been wearing his seat belt.

The stretch of two-lane highway is slated to expand to four lanes as part of a major Kansas Department of Transportation road project between Lawrence and Ottawa. The Douglas County portion is not scheduled to be complete until some time in 2012.

Kimberly Qualls, a KDOT spokeswoman, said Wednesday morning that the area where the crash occurred is not currently an active construction zone. But the speed limit is 55 mph along that stretch of the highway, as it is through the entire project.

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candi_land23 2 years, 11 months ago

You people are awful.......Terry was a very kind..... kind peaceful man...Love the Lord and loved his three children.........Who care if it was the road, the driver, or an animal he is still someone we lost and tragically and his family needs to grieve without debt on the internet over his death.

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BruceWayne 2 years, 11 months ago

Have they released the name of the driver yet?

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Bob Forer 2 years, 11 months ago

I drive that stretch of road quite a bit. Its awful--no shoulders. A moment of inattention and .you could end up in the ditch and consequently roll your vehicle. Although none of us are sure what happened in this specific accident, frequently persons involved in rollovers are ejected from their vehicle, and usually sustain fatal or seriously debilitating injuries. That's why its always important to wear your seat belt.

And its probably a pretty good idea to lock your door. That deceases the likelihood of the door flying open during the roll.

An accident like this can happen to any of us. We're all human, and make mistakes. Those who comment on the obvious--that the accident was probably caused by human error--are, IMHO, a little bit less human than the rest of us.

I mean, what are those commentators inferring? That if they had been behind the wheel, they would still be alive because there would have not been a mishap.

The number of perfect human beings out there amazes me.

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blindrabbit 2 years, 11 months ago

Kansas needs to implement "shock and awe" as part of the drivers license program; as a start make a requirement that viewing "Signal 30" be incorporated! Nothing else seems to make sense!

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Honkeycat 2 years, 11 months ago

Thoughts and prayers for the family.

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Honkeycat 2 years, 11 months ago

Thoughts and prayers for the family.

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dsharkie8 2 years, 11 months ago

@Dejacrew423.... I totally am with you.
At 6:00 in the morning, a deer might have run out in front of them, maybe the driver fell asleep, maybe a tire blew or there was something in the road. Maybe they went off the road and over compensated in pulling back on the highway. There are numerous things that could happen to make a car roll. Most of you act like there is no possibly of it being just what it was, an accident. By the way, the feasibility study for making this road a 4-lane was done back in the '50's.

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Deja Coffin 2 years, 11 months ago

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the person in this accident. I hope that through time you are able to find peace.

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 11 months ago

Somebody's pontification dial is stuck at 11.

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greenworld 2 years, 11 months ago

Single vehicle accident....I hope texting was not involved.

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rjmcarr 2 years, 11 months ago

the family will be in my thoughts and prayers

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somedude20 2 years, 11 months ago

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KansasPerson 2 years, 11 months ago

My heart goes out to the family of this person.

A family member of mine once nodded off during a long nighttime drive (not saying that's what happened here; just what happened to family member) and flipped into a ditch. If it were not for the fact that there was someone else driving on the road at the time who saw her car and called 911, I don't know if help would have reached her on time. Anyone can come to grief on any kind of a road, under any conditions. Again, I have a lot of sympathy for the loved ones and will keep them in my prayers.

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rockchalker52 2 years, 11 months ago

Thank you for your vigilance, Whitney M. Tragedies deserve cautionary moderating. I do get the sense, though, that posters are mostly passionate about this issue with little disrespect intended.

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JackRipper 2 years, 11 months ago

Where is the woman moderator who isn't nearly as spineless as Keiling?

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JackRipper 2 years, 11 months ago

How was the comment by the person who lives on 59 and driven it for years offensive?

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JackRipper 2 years, 11 months ago

I guess the Journal World also doesn't support the idea of improved driver skills, is that too much of a threat to your car ads? Nice to see comments that were not offensive and no worse then the others taken off. What a spineless operation.

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Kontum1972 2 years, 11 months ago

it is not just that hiway..its all over the state....no one cares.....the majority of drivers on the roads dont give a damn.....

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slshogrin 2 years, 11 months ago

I would have to agree with all that accidents are caused by the person behind the wheel in almost all cases. There is a very small percentage of accidents caused by animals or vehicle failure. With that being said, 59 should have been redone years ago. There are no shoulders (unless you call those deep ditches shoulders), it's winds around and has blind hills. You have people that impatient behind slow traffic and try to pass in places they shouldn't. If you aren't paying attention and get just a little off the pavement, 59 won't forgive you and something like this will happen.

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Kontum1972 2 years, 11 months ago

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angelsunwall 2 years, 11 months ago

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Machala04 2 years, 11 months ago

I have nothing to say about the driving or the road... I am just very sorry to the family and friends involved in this tragedy.

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rockchalker52 2 years, 11 months ago

Yes, there should be zero mess ups, engage. Prolly not gonna happen, so let's do what we can to make the roads safer.

JRipp, with your astounding leaps in reasoning, you're probably gonna go where you want with or without driving a car.

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Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 11 months ago

I read something a while back that was rather interesting. It had to do with the relative perceived risk of different roads. The writer's opinion was that on roadways that seem more dangerous, the actual risk of an accident is lower because the drivers are aware of that and pay more attention.

And on roads that seem safe they don't pay as much attention, and it ends up that the accident rates on roads that look so terribly safe are actually higher.

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jesse499 2 years, 11 months ago

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FSHSchamp2012 2 years, 11 months ago

New 59 speed limit it 70, just like k10

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Aileen Dingus 2 years, 11 months ago

And, according to the map, it's a road in China. ??

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JackRipper 2 years, 11 months ago

new 59 will be more dangerous then the old when speeds go up, the nascar mentality hits, and more truck traffic is added. how does a single vehicle roll over have anything to do with the road?

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sierraclub 2 years, 11 months ago

59 highway is so dangerous. It will be much better when they get the new road built.

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Randall Barnes 2 years, 11 months ago

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