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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