Archive for Monday, September 12, 2011

Injured 9-month-old flown to hospital after three-vehicle wreck on South Lawrence Trafficway

One child was taken to Children's Mercy Hospital by LifeStar early Monday afternoon, after a three-vehicle accident on the South Lawrence Trafficway near North 1500 Road.

September 12, 2011, 1:41 p.m. Updated September 13, 2011, 12:15 a.m.

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Douglas County Sheriff's Department deputies work the scene of a three-vehicle accident where one child was taken to Children's Mercy Hospital by LifeStar early Monday afternoon. The accident was on the South Lawrence Trafficway near North 1500 Road.

Douglas County Sheriff's Department deputies work the scene of a three-vehicle accident where one child was taken to Children's Mercy Hospital by LifeStar early Monday afternoon. The accident was on the South Lawrence Trafficway near North 1500 Road.

A 9-month-old Lawrence boy was flown to Children’s Mercy Hospital Monday afternoon after a three-vehicle accident on the South Lawrence Trafficway just west of Lawrence.

Douglas County Undersheriff Steve Hornberger said Nole Outcalt was injured after a southbound car driven by his father, Seth Outcalt, 31, crossed the center line and struck two other vehicles. The accident happened at 1:30 p.m. Nole was flown to the Kansas City, Mo., hospital via a Life Star helicopter ambulance, and the accident caused the SLT to be shut down between Clinton Parkway and Sixth Street. Authorities reopened the highway later Monday afternoon.

Hornberger said the Honda car Outcalt was driving swerved into the northbound lane near North 1500 Road where it struck a Ford F-250 pickup truck, bounced off and then hit a Ford van. Both Ford vehicles were headed north on the SLT, which is also Kansas Highway 10 west of Lawrence. Outcalt was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital and was treated and released. Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical workers extricated him from the car.

The drivers of the two other vehicles, Bradley Rockhold, 38, of Ottawa, and Jason Leggitt, 30, of Berryton, were not injured, Hornberger said.

Sheriff’s officers were still investigating contributing factors for the crash and would complete an accident report in coming days, he said.

Comments

roundaboutlady 4 years, 7 months ago

There are WAY to many accidents on this stretch of highway. I think they should lower the speed limit.

jhok 4 years, 7 months ago

Inattentive driving at anyspeed is dangerous. The majority of accidents that I've read about recently have not been speed related.

ljwhirled 4 years, 7 months ago

The "Save the Wetlands" loonies are directly responsible for this accident.

They need to make it a 4 lane divided highway and finish the SLT link to K-10.

This type of head-on collision is a direct result of it being a 2 lane highway.

I lay the responsibility for this road not being completed AND the fatalities associated with its incomplete status squarely on the shoulders of the "Save the Wetlands" loonies.

meggers 4 years, 7 months ago

Where does the article say it was a head-on collision?

As far as blaming the "save the wetlands loonies", wouldn't it make more sense to blame KDOT for beginning construction before the legal matters were resolved?

Regardless, I hope the child and everyone else is ok.

deec 4 years, 7 months ago

So let me get this straight. You're blaming the people who didn't want the road built at all for accidents that happen on a road that should never have been built? Yeah, that makes sense. And good luck to the injured folks and their families.

ivalueamerica 4 years, 7 months ago

wins the award for most ignorant comment of the day.

ljwhirled 4 years, 7 months ago

So you think this would have happened (along with all of the other fatal accidents on this road) if it was a four lane divided highway?

This road is handling far too much traffic for it to be a 2 lane road. It needs to be expanded to 4 lanes and completed.

The only reason it is a 2 lane road is because the SLT is not completed. The only reason the SLT is not completed is because of the Wetland Wacos.

Daniel Speicher 4 years, 7 months ago

I had no idea that David Koresh had anything to do with this, either, ThatGirl... But, apparently the road wasn't widened because of him... Or something like that...

CreatureComforts 4 years, 7 months ago

My best wishes with the child and their family!

blindrabbit 4 years, 7 months ago

ljwhirled: Don't understand your logic; the majority of highways in the U.S. are 2 lane undivided! Are you laying blame on the highway or inattentive drivers. Agree, the inactivity on completing the SLT is a disaster, not because of traffic but because of politics.

ljwhirled 4 years, 7 months ago

Too much traffic for a 2 lane. Too many fatalities on this stretch of road. It needs to be completed and divided to be safe.

verity 4 years, 7 months ago

Rarely are two-lane highways limited access. Most limited access highways are at least four lanes. I found that confusing when I first drove that stretch of road and am always afraid someone unfamiliar with the road will think both lanes are one way and drive in the wrong lane. Don't know if that has contributed to any of the accidents, but it does need to be either four lane divided or passing needs to be severely limited.

whats_going_on 4 years, 7 months ago

The part of that road I hate is directly after 23rd street...theres a bit of a sharp turn there and then a hill...makes me uneasy EVERYTIME.

blindrabbit 4 years, 7 months ago

Wasn't one of the drivers also involved in the fatal accident near this same location a couple of months ago. The one where metal came off of a trailer and penetrated a car windshield.

MISTERTibbs 4 years, 7 months ago

I believe that was one of the cuzzins Nick Rockhold.

ljwhirled 4 years, 7 months ago

Yep. And there was a head on fatality 6 mo ago or so about 1 mi south and another fatality about 2 mi south. Not to mention a bunch of injury accidents. Almost all are head on collisions.

I drive on this road every day and every time I get on it I worry about some driver swerving into me at 65 MPH.

It needs to be divided to be safe.

roadwarrior 4 years, 7 months ago

divided does not equal safe. I had the same problem for years on hywy 40. Everyday some idiot was crossing the center line, sometimes it would happen more than once on each commute leg. Solution; they put in those rumble strips on the center line and that problem ended immediately. Rumble strips add more to safety than divided hywy. They also discourage passing, those rumble strips really slow you down when you hit them.

geekin_topekan 4 years, 7 months ago

This just proves that a nice slow drag is the safest passage for SLT users. They demonstrate that they are not nearly ready for faster speeds. Let's not met anymore get killed on this thing and keep 23rd the safest way through town.

Brandamn 4 years, 7 months ago

The f250 that got hit was our work truck. it wasnt a head on but struck the truck in the drivers side front tire. the scene was bad when i got to the wreck. I pray for the baby and his dad.

npnell 4 years, 7 months ago

It has nothing to do with the speed limit or the road. Seth (the honda driver/nole's father), was speeding and tried to pass the person in front of him only to hit oncoming traffic. He made an extremely stupid decision. traffic laws are in place to protect us, once you break that law you put yourself and others at greater risk of getting hurt.

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bigdave 4 years, 7 months ago

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JayhawkJen81 4 years, 7 months ago

Perhaps you should take your own advice!

JayhawkJen81 4 years, 7 months ago

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bigdave 4 years, 7 months ago

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JayhawkJen81 4 years, 7 months ago

Heaven forbid any of you should ever have an accident. At least if you do don't be surprised when you see no more more compassion from others considering how little you've shown this family.

henry5555 4 years, 7 months ago

Here's what I see.....The speed limit is NOT the problem.....I see mainly DG county tags that refuse to do the speed limit. Why???? who knows.....The road is in perfect condition. Because they drive so pathetically slow, the drivers who want to drive the 65MPH SAFE speed are trying to get around the non-drivers going 50MPH and that causes the head on collisions....IF EVERYONE WENT THE SPEED LIMIT INSTEAD OF 15 MPH UNDER......WE WOULDN'T BE TALKING ABOUT THIS ACCIDENT. No one would try to pass. I video my trip to work around 3:30 PM....I have video to back this up. Slow drivers speed up.....People who like to pass....Be patient...Its only 9 miles.

droppinplates 4 years, 7 months ago

For some reason there are a lot of people in Lawrence who like to drive below the speed limit because they think they are being safer than anyone else around them. In doing so they are actually causing more of a hazard. The students catch a lot of grief for being bad drivers but part of the problem could be students not being familiar with the way these Lawrence residents drive. Some of the weaving in and out of traffic is caused by people that are out for a "Sunday drive" and have no regard for the rest. It's the same situation on the highways. A regular poster here proudly admitted to driving in the left lane on K10 to make people slow down!

I had an SUV pull out in front of me yesterday and proceed to drive AT LEAST 5 mph below the speed limit for several blocks, in the left lane, and in heavy traffic. I would guess the people who do this are the same ones who constantly complain about the students, JOCO drivers, SUVs, monster trucks, etc.

Just follow the laws and be courteous to everyone around you. And PAY ATTENTION!

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 7 months ago

Slow drivers may be annoying, but if someone passes one of these drivers in an area and/or under conditions unsafe for passing, any accident is 100% their fault, not that of the annoying slow driver.

henry5555 4 years, 7 months ago

Very true....Lets work together. Go the speed limit, and don't pass.

henry5555 4 years, 7 months ago

I hope the kid who is injured is O.K. Lets be carefull out there people....

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