Law enforcement and rescue personnel were kept busy on Wednesday as they responded to several injury accidents in Douglas County, including one fatality accident on U.S. Highway 40.
One person was killed Wednesday morning in a one-vehicle rollover accident on U.S. 40 west of Lawrence, according to a Kansas Highway Patrol report.
Patrick D. Henderson, a 34-year-old Perry resident, died after his 1992 GMC pickup truck went off the road for an unknown reason.
Law enforcement officers were called just after 8:20 a.m. and found that the truck was westbound on the highway about six miles west of the South Lawrence Trafficway when the right-side tires went off the road.
It struck a Kansas Department of Transportation Chevron sign and continued into a ditch, where it overturned several times, striking a tree row and a fence, the report said. The exact time of the accident is still under investigation.
Henderson, the only passenger in the truck, was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash, the report said.
Earlier on Wednesday morning, a 34-year-old Lawrence woman was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital after a motorcycle accident just east of Midland Junction.
Lorraine Hilleary failed to negotiate a curve while traveling north on U.S. Highway 24 at about 2:20 a.m. Wednesday, said Douglas County Sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Lewis on Wednesday.
Her boyfriend drove her to Lawrence Memorial Hospital after the accident, Lewis said. Law enforcement officers were notified of the accident at about 4 a.m., and Hilleary was later taken to a Kansas City-area hospital.
Later on Wednesday, a juvenile driver was critically injured after a one-vehicle accident near the 1100 block of North 1700 Road west of Lawrence.
Emergency personnel responded to the accident at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, and the driver was transported by air ambulance. Douglas County Undersheriff Steve Hornberger said the driver was traveling northbound in the 1100 block of North 1700 road and, for an unknown reason, drove over the shoulder, struck a concrete pillar and then some trees.
Further information on the driver was being withheld pending notification of the person’s parents, Hornberger said.
Also, shortly after 2:15 p.m., a 13-year-old male bicyclist with no helmet, was involved in an accident with a car, according to Lawrence Police Sgt. Trent McKinley.
The bicyclist was traveling east on the north sidewalk of Bob Billings Parkway heading toward Wagon Wheel Road when a driver traveling south on Wagon Wheel stopped at a stop sign to check traffic, McKinley said. He said the driver determined it was safe, and the bicycle rider then struck the right rear quarter panel of the vehicle, causing minor damage to the bicycle and vehicle and causing the bicycle rider to fall.
The cyclist was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital with injuries that were believed to be nonlife-threatening.
After those two accidents, dispatchers said emergency officials requested ambulances from Johnson County to be on standby in case additional help was needed. Division Chief Eve Tolefree, a Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical spokeswoman, said the request was canceled later in the afternoon.
Also, at 3:05 p.m. Wednesday, one person suffered a fractured arm after a two-vehicle accident in North Lawrence, McKinley said.
The crash occurred when a northbound vehicle entered the intersection and collided with a vehicle coming west off the exit for the Kansas Turnpike entrance. Officers were still investigating circumstances of the crash Wednesday, he said, and the injured person went to Lawrence Memorial Hospital for treatment.