A Eudora police officer and a Lawrence man were injured Friday morning in a three-vehicle accident on Kansas Highway 10 near the Church Street exit.
Sgt. Tom Willis, a Eudora police spokesman, said the officer, Brandon Sharp, did not have life-threatening injuries. The accident was reported about 7:10 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of K-10 just west of the exit.
According to a Kansas Highway Patrol report released Friday afternoon, Roderick A. Cody, 37, lost control of his 1999 Chrysler car and struck the back of the Eudora police car. Sharp, 30, was outside of his vehicle on the passenger side of the police car reaching inside his passenger door when Cody struck his vehicle. The police car then knocked Sharp into the south ditch.
Sharp had parked legally on the south shoulder of K-10 as he was assisting Sheriff’s Deputy David Hardy with an earlier accident. The crash caused the Eudora police car to rear-end the sheriff’s vehicle. Hardy was sitting inside the parked vehicle also working on the prior accident and did not have his seat belt on, according to the highway patrol’s report, but he was not injured.
Cody, of Lawrence, was taken to Overland Park Regional Medical Center, and the report said it was unknown whether he wore a seat belt. Sharp was also taken to the Overland Park hospital. Both Cody and Sharp were treated and released, said Rebecca Bailey, a hospital spokeswoman.
The Eudora police car and Cody’s car were towed, but the sheriff’s vehicle was not.
As crews responded to the accident, drivers reported slow traffic on K-10 in the area during the period of heavy rain Friday morning.
The Kansas Turnpike Authority also reported crashes on Interstate 70 in the area Friday morning. A Lawrence woman, Tammy G. Hunter, 43, suffered a possible injury in a crash about 6:40 a.m. when she lost control of her westbound vehicle and struck another car. That crash occurred about eight miles west of the Lecompton interchange exit.