Archive for Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Multiple vehicle accident on K-10 closes part of lane

November 2, 2011, 11:34 p.m. Updated November 3, 2011, 12:10 a.m.

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A multiple-vehicle, rollover accident occurred at approximately 10 p.m. on Kansas Highway 10 westbound, just east of Evening Star Road near De Soto. Two vehicles appeared to have been crushed so severely that they were just half their normal sizes, but a Kansas Highway Patrol representative said there were no injuries.

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Brent Atwater 3 years, 6 months ago

Thoughts go out to whomever was in this accident. I drove from Lawrence to Olathe at 6:30pm on Tuesday and K-10 was horrible with rain and no striping on the road in DG County and not much better in JO County either.

Before any median barriers are installed how about extending the left shoulder East/West bound from Lawrence to Renner Rd and DG/JO counties actually ensuring K-10 has stripes on the pavement that can actually be seen...just a thought.

ksengineer 3 years, 6 months ago

There is a project underway to do exactly what you are asking. The shoulders in DG will be paved with rumble strips and new pavement markings placed. The centerline marks you currently see are temporary. I'm sure they don't want to place the permanent markings until the asphalt work is done. According to KDOT this work should be done by Thanksgiving.

I don't drive K-10 often at night, but the last time I recall the markings in JO were very clear. I believe they did a surfacing project on that section 4-5 years ago. It's very possible that the striping is due for replacement.

thedinlawrence 3 years, 6 months ago

I'm with you! Maybe post some signs reminding slow people to get in the slow lane. It's in the driving manual.

MattressMan 3 years, 6 months ago

No such thing as a "slow lane", state law states that you are to drive in the right hand lane unless making a pass of another vehicle or preparing to turn left.

Phone_Man 3 years, 6 months ago

You don't need to pass if everyone is doing the SPEED LIMIT!!!

CountyResident 3 years, 6 months ago

The speed limit is the maximum speed you should drive. It is not the required speed. You should drive at a speed that is safe and prudent based upon road conditions, the type of vehicle you are driving and your driving skills. And as MattressMan said, stay in the right lane unless you are passing another vehcile.

CHEEZIT 3 years, 6 months ago

Tell that to the officer when he's writing your ticket!

Andrew Reeves 3 years, 6 months ago

"I'm with you! Maybe post some signs reminding slow people to get in the slow lane. It's in the driving manual."

This is exactly the problem. Ignorant drivers proclaiming that they own the road.

Enlightenment 3 years, 6 months ago

Why does Lawrence and Douglas County not stripe and paint curbs? Seems as though they paint lines when the roadway is constructed, but do not maintain it afterwards. Not saying that striping and curb painting will eliminate accidents, but may reduce the number of accidents. Also, maybe the police will be inclined to pull over drivers if they can see them crossing over the center line.

Www8539 3 years, 6 months ago

I drive k10 at night on a regular basis and actually came up on the accident last night shortly after it had happened. I second the idea that this could have been possibly avoided with better stripping, as it was very difficult to see last night, especially in the rain. The lack of adequate striping coupled with shoulder drop off due to construction and gusty winds made the commute less than ideal. For anybody to say that not being able to make the drive on k10 should warrant revocation of a drivers license is if nothing else very inappropriate in light of both the conditions last night and the accident. On a clear calm DAY with no construction and better markings, the drive is tenfold easier.

Eric Neuteboom 3 years, 6 months ago

I completely agree. I commute from Lawrence to Lenexa, and that drive home - coupled with the bridge construction - was awful last night. I was very glad to have 4 wheel drive.

JerryStubbs 3 years, 6 months ago

They don't say anything much about what happened.

Were both cars going the same direction?

MarchSadness 3 years, 6 months ago

I drove westbound K10 last night around 9:30pm. No surprise that there was an accident last night. The weather conditions combined with that current state of the highway was awful. You could barely see the white lines that divide the lanes and there was NO striping on either side of the road. You couldn't tell where the road ends and the shoulder begins. It was a giant guessing game of where your car was supposed to be!

serecar 3 years, 6 months ago

It's not the road, or lack of markings. It's the people who think that speed limits don't apply to them. I drove it in the blizzard in January, with no lane markings and made it just fine. People need to slow down and think of others on the road.

MattressMan 3 years, 6 months ago

No mention of speeding in the article as you said, then you say "With the conditions last night I'm inclined to suspect hydroplaning."

"Kansas’ basic speed law provides that you must never drive a vehicle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions then existing." from the KS driving handbook

So if in fact hydroplaning is the cause then speed was a factor, whether or not you are over the posted speed limit you are still speeding for the conditions. Additionally conditions is not just limited to weather it also includes road conditions as well so if there is road construction going on a driver needs to account for that as well.

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 6 months ago

I have a Ford vehicle with a wonderful feature called Traction-Lok. It's amazing!

If you're ever wondering if your tires have a grip on the road on slick surfaces such as water, snow, or ice, just punch the gas for a split second.

If a huge roar comes from inside the dash, that means: "You better slow down, your wheels no longer have a grip on the road."

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 6 months ago

Gandalf - Traction-Lok will let you know there's a problem if you test for traction, like I described. Other than that, it doesn't seem to be of much use.

acg 3 years, 6 months ago

I'm sorry but I've driven K10 more times than I can count and I've always found it to be wide enough, the speed limit to be sensible for the road, the shape of it, the size of it, and the amount of traffic, the lanes are always in good shape, the marking could be replaced but they are still there. How is it so many people are wrecking on this road? It can't always be about booze and drugs. How do you crash on such an easy to travel highway? When slick weather comes in to play it makes more sense, but two weeks ago when my hubby and I came back to Lawrence for a visit, it was a nice sunny day and there were cars crashed up on K10. It was 2:00 p.m. so I'm hoping someone wasn't drunk that early! Seriously people, metal side up, rubber side down and in between your own lines please!!

classclown 3 years, 6 months ago

I think the major culprit may be texting. People that text while driving are probably more numerous and more dangerous that people that drink and drive.

CreatureComforts 3 years, 6 months ago

There is absolutely nothing in the article to even hint at this. Do you know something that isn't mentioned in the article?

JerryStubbs 3 years, 6 months ago

yeah there's no way to say, why don't they update this?

FieldTested 3 years, 6 months ago

1) Keep right except to pass (and that means moving fast enough when in the left lane to actually accomplish a pass). 2) Keep good tires on your vehicle (a key to adequate traction in slick weather). 3) Don't text and drive. 4) Watch traffic accidents dwindle.

JerryStubbs 3 years, 6 months ago

Maybe they could run one of those big electronic billboard signs to show road conditions and whatever

There's some kind of Douglas County facility right off the highway as you are leaving east Lawrence. Maybe that's close enough to run the sign from an office there somehow.

08Champs 3 years, 6 months ago

I agree with ACG - the road doesn't seem dangerous in itself - it's the drivers. I travel it frequently and see a lot of younger drivers texting (on their way to KU for that morning class I think.) But I also came upon a van recently, complete with car seats and kids, and the woman had a book open on her steering wheel - getting in some quality reading time. I passed her because the car was weaving a bit.... I've seen newspapers open, cereal bowls with both hands on it, you name it. But texting is the most frequent distraction I witness.

blindrabbit 3 years, 6 months ago

Close the road until the cable barriers are put in. Obviously, people being warned about the dangers of driving this road has not worked; the idiots are in abundance.

droppinplates 3 years, 6 months ago

Typical, let's screw everyone to save those who shouldn't be driving in the first place.

squawkhawk 3 years, 6 months ago

The problem with K10 is speed. You know the saying..."speed kills". K10 is evidence of this.

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