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Archive for Friday, September 2, 2011

Two people injured in car accident on U.S. 24-40 near Lawrence Airport

September 2, 2011, 6:46 p.m. Updated September 2, 2011, 7:41 p.m.

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Jim Powers, Lawrence, holds his daughter Sarah, 4, after his wife, Marcia, and daughter swerved to avoid a head-on collision north of Lawrence. At least two people were injured — one critically — after a serious accident on U.S. Highway 24-40 near the Lawrence Municipal Airport. The accident was reported about 6:30 p.m. near mile marker 395 on the highway, between East 1500 and 1600 roads. Two people were transported by ambulance to area hospitals. Traffic was backed up in both directions Friday evening, with emergency personnel directing motorists through the area. Both vehicles involved in the accident, a white Honda and white Acura passenger vehicle, had come to rest in the ditch on the south side of the road. Additional information regarding the accident and condition of the patients was unavailable Friday night.

Jim Powers, Lawrence, holds his daughter Sarah, 4, after his wife, Marcia, and daughter swerved to avoid a head-on collision north of Lawrence. At least two people were injured — one critically — after a serious accident on U.S. Highway 24-40 near the Lawrence Municipal Airport. The accident was reported about 6:30 p.m. near mile marker 395 on the highway, between East 1500 and 1600 roads. Two people were transported by ambulance to area hospitals. Traffic was backed up in both directions Friday evening, with emergency personnel directing motorists through the area. Both vehicles involved in the accident, a white Honda and white Acura passenger vehicle, had come to rest in the ditch on the south side of the road. Additional information regarding the accident and condition of the patients was unavailable Friday night.

At least two people are injured — one critically — after a serious accident on U.S. Highway 24-40 near the Lawrence Airport.

The accident was reported about 6:30 p.m. near mile marker 395 on the highway, between East 1500 and 1600 roads. A helicopter ambulance was originally called for to transport the patient in critical condition, but was disregarded minutes later. Two people were transported by ambulance to area hospitals.

A witness, Marcia Powers, said she was driving on the highway and swerved to miss a vehicle driving in the wrong lane. Her vehicle ended up in a ditch along the highway, but she was uninjured. However, the oncoming vehicle hit a vehicle traveling behind Powers' in a head-on collision.

Traffic was backed up in both directions Friday evening, with emergency personnel directing motorists through the area. Both vehicles involved in the accident, a white Honda and white Acura passenger vehicle, had come to rest in the ditch on the south side of the road.

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buckjennings 2 years, 7 months ago

Oh, yeah I forgot the requisite "thoughts and prayers" business. Thoughts and prayers.

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buckjennings 2 years, 7 months ago

When are they going to install cable barriers?? How many more have to die because the state is too cheap to put them in???

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akt2 2 years, 7 months ago

They do plenty of air transports out of the LMH ER also. The patient could be taken there, stabilized and then tranferred out either by air or ground, depending on the patient's condition.

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blindrabbit 2 years, 7 months ago

Based on the vehicular carnage that has been occurring around Lawrence lately, maybe we need to acquire a copter for county use only. I'd locate it somewhere out on the Eudora flats so rapid access to the K-10 mayhem.

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babygirl88 2 years, 7 months ago

Thoughts and prayers go to all involved. According to Scanner Traffic, At the time of this accident there was only one medical Helicopter available and It's Estimated Time Of Arrival to the Accident was 30 minutes So, that may be the reason it was called off, or it could be due to something else as well.

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Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 7 months ago

In reply to OonlyBonly's comment, in which I think he was referring to an ambulance helicopter being called off, I could make a snotty, rude, and sarcastic statement that said something along the lines of someone inquiring into how much medical insurance the critical patient's car insurance covered, and then discovered that it was for only the minimum required by the state of Kansas (I believe $10,000), which which will cover only part of the cost of an ambulance helicopter ride to Kansas City Medical Center, which is I think in the neighborhood of $35,000. That means, the patient would have to pay $25,000 plus hospital treatment after he got there out of pocket, or else lose everything he had, and then declare bankruptcy.

However, I am sure that was not the case. They don't care if you go bankrupt, they just want you to live.

My opinion as to what most likely occurred was that a professional who knew what he was doing considered several things.

One was that the risk of ambulance helicopter transportation quite high. Ambulance helicopters crash quite often, there is always a significant risk for the patient, never mind the crew. Read the newspapers, it's quite common. The trips are hasty, and helicopters are risky in bad weather. The landing on the rooftop of KC Med is always going to be a significant risk, and if there is gusty winds it's even more so.

Another consideration was probably also given as to which hospital the patient could get to the quickest, and this patient was only minutes away from Lawrence Memorial Hospital, if taken by ground ambulance. The helicopter trip to KC Med would take longer, because first the helicopter has to be prepped for flight and the crew summoned, and then get here. Then, get back to KC Med. That will take a while, since KC Med is so far away.

One more would be which hospital could better treat the patient's injuries. What kind of injuries did the patient have, what procedures would be required for the best treatment, and which hospital could better supply them? But, I think that for severe trauma treatments, especially on the head, there is no choice but KC Med.

And, since I don't know what I'm talking about, there might be other considerations as well, such as perhaps the family would rather their loved one be close to home here in Lawrence, or would they have to go all the way to KC Med to visit?

I think it was a professional who made the decision to call off the ambulance helicopter, and for anyone who did not know exactly what injuries the patient had, had no medical training, and didn't know exactly what services each hospital could supply, should admit that in the patient's best interests, perhaps the correct decision had been made for him to have a less jarring ride to the hospital on the ground, rather than a very risky and quite possibly turbulent flight to a hospital far away that would take longer anyway.

But that's all just a guess.

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OonlyBonly 2 years, 7 months ago

Now I don't normally do this but.... "was disregarded just" this is just plain wrong. I'm sorry for the accident and especially for the poor victims who were hit by a car headed in the wrong direction in their lane.

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