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Archive for Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Lawrence man dies in I-70 crash east of Lawrence

November 16, 2011, 10:04 p.m. Updated November 16, 2011, 4:30 p.m.

Reporter Aaron Couch contributed to this story.

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Emergency personnel direct traffic on the Kansas Turnpike past the scene of a fatal accident just after 2 p.m. Wednesday. The crash involved a vehicle and a semitrailer east of Lawrence and occurred in the westbound lane of I-70 just east of the Lawrence Service Center about 3 miles east of Lawrence. The vehicle crossed from the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 into the westbound lanes and hit semitrailer.

Emergency personnel direct traffic on the Kansas Turnpike past the scene of a fatal accident just after 2 p.m. Wednesday. The crash involved a vehicle and a semitrailer east of Lawrence and occurred in the westbound lane of I-70 just east of the Lawrence Service Center about 3 miles east of Lawrence. The vehicle crossed from the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 into the westbound lanes and hit semitrailer.

One man killed in turnpike accident

Emergency personnel direct traffic on the Kansas Turnpike past the scene of a fatal accident just after 2 p.m. Wednesday. The crash involved a vehicle and a semitrailer east of Lawrence and occurred in the westbound lane of I-70 just east of the Lawrence Service Center about 3 miles east of Lawrence. The vehicle crossed from the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 into the westbound lanes and hit semitrailer. Enlarge video

A 26-year-old Lawrence man died Wednesday afternoon after his eastbound car traveled the wrong way into the westbound lanes and struck a semitrailer east of Lawrence on the Kansas Turnpike in Leavenworth County.

Kansas Highway Patrol Capt. Joe Bott said the man was driving his car at 1:45 p.m. near the Lawrence Service Center about three miles east of Lawrence. He suddenly crossed from the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 into the westbound lanes. He crossed in the area just east of the service center before the median wall begins dividing both directions of travel.

The man’s car eventually struck the side of a semitrailer. No other injuries were reported.

The Kansas Highway Patrol was still investigating the crash and working to notify family members at 10 p.m. Wednesday before releasing any further details about the crash or the identity of the man. Westbound traffic in the area was reduced to one lane around the crash scene until about 9:30 p.m.

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ddhawkfan 2 years, 5 months ago

Very sad, I knew the driver, very nice young man. Prayers out for the family.

LJW you should be ashamed.

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JayhawkAlum03 2 years, 5 months ago

Considering the scope of the accident and the fatality involved, I'm disappointed in the ljworld for posting the photo that they have chosen to include with this story. Not only because the family has not yet been contacted, but just in general, I find this to be in poor taste. I pulled up the story for an update on traffic since this is on my normal route home and am saddened by what occurred, but angered by the photo's inclusion. I feel that a little more respect could be used in situations such as this. Am very sad for the families of everyone involved.

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Keith Richards 2 years, 5 months ago

From the photo, it doesn't appear likely that the Subaru driver survived the crash. Also it looks like this happened in a place where there is a cut out of the median.

Condolences with the families involved

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deedee5555 2 years, 5 months ago

Accident is terrible. Friend called me. She was 30 minutes to get 3 miles on westbound I70. Traffic is backed up for at least 3 miles.

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JHawker 2 years, 5 months ago

Are there any updates on the traffic in that area?

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oletimer 2 years, 5 months ago

There is at least one death in this crash

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