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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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bearded_gnome 2 years, 10 months ago

sad.

is the K10 design at fault? too many deaths.

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Kendall Simmons 2 years, 10 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".

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Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 10 months ago

This accident occurred "on the Kansas Turnpike." It happened "near K-10." At least, that's what this article says.

Concerning the design of K-10, it's difficult to imagine a better design, but easy to imagine better drivers.

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yoornotmee 2 years, 10 months ago

A barrier in the median would be nice to prevent cross-over collisions. There would be at least one five-year-old still alive today if we had a barrier.

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Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 10 months ago

That's very true, I certainly would like to see that. But there's a problem with funding it.

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droppinplates 2 years, 10 months ago

Are you kidding me? Design of the road? It's the idiots out on the road that are the problem! Get a clue.

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apersonwhocres 2 years, 10 months ago

i personally knew the deceased and BELEIVE me HE was no idiot! get a clue and have some respect for his family!

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droppinplates 2 years, 10 months ago

I was not speaking of the deceased as I was aware that a car had turned in front of him. That was the reason for the tone of my comment.

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pace 2 years, 10 months ago

droppinplates, You seem bizarre, why do you get on and speak such garbage. You name call, you seem to imply that you never made any mistake in your life. Well, one mistake is to get on a discussion list and name call on the back of a family's loss. I am sorry for the family and hope the injured recover.

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Rick Aldrich 2 years, 10 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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armywife 2 years, 10 months ago

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

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armywife 2 years, 10 months ago

Oops didn't mean to be repetitive

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GSDMAL 2 years, 10 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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bearded_gnome 2 years, 10 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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apersonwhocres 2 years, 10 months ago

thank you for the prayers for the victim. His wife was the one life flighted and they have 3 children.two out on thei own and one still in high school. Please pray that she pulls through and for all those who are affected by this tragedy!

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catchagrenade 2 years, 10 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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Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 10 months ago

There are about 43,000 people killed in car accidents in the United States every year. Unfortunately, that is about 117.8 every single day of the year.

It's tragic that it happens so often that it literally happens over a hundred times a day. And, that's just the fatalities, it does not count the injuries at all.

http://www.car-accidents.com/pages/fatal-accident-statistics.html

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somebodynew 2 years, 10 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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birdpie 2 years, 10 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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Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 10 months ago

You either need to read the article more closely, or go look at that particular intersection.

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sunny 2 years, 10 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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bearded_gnome 2 years, 10 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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Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 10 months ago

Yes, it appears you're right. The earlier report was incorrect. When someone makes a left turn without the right of way, there's often nothing you can do to avoid a collision.

"According to the 1995 Institute study of urban crashes, 41 percent of urban crashes associated with a vehicle turning left into oncoming traffic involved injuries."

And, I think this is a a significant point that many simply do not understand:

"Intersection crashes also can be substantially reduced by installing modern roundabouts in place of signals and stop signs. A 2001 Institute study of 23 intersections reported that converting from traffic signals or stop signs to roundabouts reduced injury crashes by 80 percent and all crashes by 40 percent." From: http://www.iihs.org/research/qanda/urban.html

About elderly drivers:

"When a crash involved an older driver and a younger driver, the older driver was 3 times as likely as the younger driver to be the one struck. Moreover, 28 percent of crash-involved older drivers were turning left when they were struck-- 7 times more often than younger drivers were struck while making left turns." And, "On the basis of estimated annual travel, the fatality rate for drivers 85 and over is nine times as high as the rate for drivers 25 through 69 years old." From: http://www.drdriving.org/elderly/

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