Archive for Monday, August 27, 2012

Two Topeka residents injured in accident north of Lawrence

Minor injuries reported in semitrailer, pickup truck crash

August 27, 2012, 9:00 a.m. Updated August 27, 2012, 7:40 p.m.


Two Topeka residents were taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Monday morning after a two-vehicle crash involving a semitrailer on U.S. Highway 24-59 near the Douglas County-Jefferson County line.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, at 8:10 a.m. a 2005 Freightliner semitrailer trailer driven by Kelly L. Minor, 39, of Gridley, was headed south on Third Street near the county line attempting to turn east onto the highway. A 1998 Dodge Ram pickup truck, driven by James Duane Spence, 41, of Topeka, was headed west on the highway.

Minor failed to yield to the pickup truck, causing Spence to strike the trailer, the crash report said.

Minor was not injured, but Spence and Jacob D. Spence, 12, also of Topeka, were taken to LMH. Both were treated and later released, a hospital spokesman said. All three people wore seat belts.

The highway was closed immediately after the crash Monday morning, and Douglas County Undersheriff Steve Hornberger said officers re-routed traffic onto a local gravel road. The highway opened later Monday morning.

Mike Frizzell of Operation 100 News tweeted about 8:50 a.m. that emergency crews extricated two people in the crash.


bevy 5 years, 9 months ago

Saw this on the way to work this morning - lots of police response on the way. I was able to get around on the gravel road. Hope everyone is all right!

purplesage 5 years, 9 months ago

Between 8:15 and 8:30, on my way into town, I met one highway patrol, followed by 2 sheriff's patrol vehicles traveling about 80 Mph, an ambulance, a fire truck, (green) another ambulance, more sheriff's vehicles, a fire truck (red) 2 or 3 Escapes, at least one with what appeared to be LFD markings and a plain white one, and a Tahoe / Yukon type vehcile with FD markings between Midland Junction and the bridges.

Ragweed 5 years, 9 months ago

You know that comment is irrelevant to this article. If your just being a troll, that is not cool. I know those people and they are some great people. The boy is my friend. I can't believe this happened to him. I don't see him very much. To me the comment is disrespectful and rude. I was mad when I saw it. They could have been killed and all you can think to say is, "I saw a Krispy Kreme racing behind them all." I am very glad that they are ok. Can't wait to see you again Jake. Hope your dad gets better. Love you like a brother. And to seirraclub take the trolling else where please. :) Thank you.

Glo 5 years, 9 months ago

sierraclub- Not only is your remark not funny, it is disrespectful of victims, law enforcement and medical units. If you were the one involved in the accident, I'm sure you would welcome the help!

naturalist 5 years, 9 months ago

What a relief that the people involved are okay. I drive this route every day and many times trucks coming out of the landfill road (which is not 3rd St but 2100 Road north of 24 and E 1250 south of it) turned in front of me to head east whether I was going east or west, The attitude seems to be that they are bigger than we are. It's also pretty steep coming down that road.

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