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Hiawatha man dies in accident on South Lawrence Trafficway, near Lecompton interchange of Kansas Turnpike

A car involved in a fatal accident on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011 is hoisted onto a tow truck. The accident occurred on the South Lawrence Trafficway and its interchange with the Kansas Turnpike.

A car involved in a fatal accident on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011 is hoisted onto a tow truck. The accident occurred on the South Lawrence Trafficway and its interchange with the Kansas Turnpike.

October 15, 2011, 8:53 p.m. Updated October 16, 2011, 3:42 a.m.

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A 52-year-old Hiawatha man died Saturday after a two-vehicle accident on the South Lawrence Trafficway and its interchange with the Kansas Turnpike.

Mike Miner was driving north on the trafficway, when a car in the southbound lane turned left into the turnpike entrance, striking Miner's 1989 Buick on the driver's side door. Miner was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident west of Lawrence.

The passenger in Miner's car, 58-year-old Kathy Miner, was taken to Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., according to a Kansas Highway Patrol report.

The driver of the other vehicle — a 2004 GMC Envoy — was 87-year-old Robert Petro, Topeka. He and his passenger, Barbara Petro, 87, Topeka, were taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital for treatment of possible injuries.

The accident occurred about 8 p.m., and the report indicates all involved were wearing seat belts. The South Lawrence Trafficway also is Kansas Highway 10.

On Sunday morning, a nursing supervisor at Lawrence Memorial Hospital said Robert Petro was not treated at the hospital, and Barbara Petro was treated and released. A nursing supervisor at Kansas University Hospital could not give an update on Kathy Miner's condition.

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LJ Whirled 2 years, 6 months ago

Darn kids!
They need to raise the driving age and make them buckle up! Wha ...?

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bearded_gnome 2 years, 6 months ago

yes, 87-year-olds should have physical driving tests every year.

perhaps that would've prevented this accident.


Mike Miner was driving north on the trafficway, when a car in the southbound lane turned left into the turnpike entrance, striking Miner's 1989 Buick on

---reads like the accident occurred just on the trafficway to me.

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sunny 2 years, 6 months ago

Always blame the road and not the driver! Could it not have been the fault of the 87 year old driver? Get a clue people!

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birdpie 2 years, 6 months ago

Another bypass tragedy. How do you do a left turn on I-70. Also it was after dark and 87 year olds don't see or react as well.

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somebodynew 2 years, 6 months ago

Prayers for all involved and affected by this.

Is it just me or is entire headline and article confusing.? It says the accident happened on the Turnpike, but one car was Northbound and the other Southbound on K-10 when they hit. It may have been at the KTA entrance (only place to actually make a turn) but from the article and what I saw, it appeared it was actually on K-10.

And I know that makes no difference to the friends and family and I am sorry for your loss.

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catchagrenade 2 years, 6 months ago

Exactly one year ago, there was also a tragic car accident (search: Paez). I will not drive on the evening of Oct 15, 2012.

Prayers to the affected families.

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bearded_gnome 2 years, 6 months ago

Since the accident was on the Kansas Turnpike...and it was down by the Lecompton exit, not on actually on K-10 or east of Lawrence which is the part of K-10 that everyone complains about...one would have to assume the answer is probably "no".

---thanks Kendall. at first I understood it was on the K10 side.

sounds very bad.

prayer for family of the dead victim and for the one who was life flighted.

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GSDMAL 2 years, 6 months ago

About 9pm, you could not make your way from the Farmer's Turnpike to K10, the interchange is completely blocked. Not a lot of traffic right now, but it would be nice to have some re-direction before you make the turn on K10.

If nothing else, just for respect of the deceased. Don't need a lot of rubber necking right now.

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armywife 2 years, 6 months ago

Oops didn't mean to be repetitive

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armywife 2 years, 6 months ago

It happened close to the Lecompton exit which turns into K-10.

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Rick Aldrich 2 years, 6 months ago

I came in off the turnpike about 8:15 on the lecompton exit and there was 6-8 emergency vehicles on the scene already at least 10 more passed me while I was making my way to Clinton parkway. It looked pretty bad.

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bearded_gnome 2 years, 6 months ago

sad.

is the K10 design at fault? too many deaths.

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