Archive for Friday, February 3, 2012

Eudora officer injured in K-10 accident

Officer, Lawrence man both treated and released from hospital

February 3, 2012, 8:28 a.m. Updated February 3, 2012, 2:20 p.m.


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.


littlexav 6 years, 2 months ago

Haha, I was just about to post the same thing! Maybe an editor will breeze through here at some point today...

JGr 6 years, 2 months ago

Yea... When your profession is to write, you might consider proofreading BEFORE publishing.

George Diepenbrock 6 years, 2 months ago

Thanks for pointing those out. The info was coming in quickly at that point.

friendlyjhawk 6 years, 2 months ago

When your avocation is to criticize anonymously, you might consider gettting a REAL life!

MarcoPogo 6 years, 2 months ago

Sgt. Gunnery Hartman once said "I'll bet you could suck a golf ball through a garden hose."

I think I like that quote better.

MarcoPogo 6 years, 2 months ago

Nah. "Full Metal Jacket" gets better with each viewing.

talonxcross 6 years, 2 months ago

Sent to the Kansas Secretary of Transportation:

While driving on K-10 this morning in the heavy rain it was almost impossible to see the highway markings.

The passing lines as well as the lines marking the edge of the highway were extremely difficult to see.

I believe it is important to share this information, especially when a police officer on the side of the road was injured near Eudora. The safety of our police officers and highway patrol are essential on K-10. Especially, considering how dangerous it is.

Hopefully someone can look into having the lines repainted for better visibility.

Thank you for your attention this matter.

Ewok79 6 years, 2 months ago

I'm sure that taloncross is reffering to the Johnson county line to I-435. The lines are impossible to see in the dark when it raining.

Evan Ridenour 6 years, 2 months ago

Yep, they are impossible to see. Incredibly dangerous..

shotgun 6 years, 2 months ago

The lane stripes on Sixth St. were hard to see due to heavy rain at 6:00 am this morning.

Kinnat Whelan 6 years, 2 months ago

This is exactly why I drove 55-60 on K-10 this morning, gripping my steering wheel, hoping my exit would come soon. I'm sick of everyone, and really, I mean pretty much everyone, driving like fools.

Paul Decelles 6 years, 2 months ago

I was on K10 right after the accident. The other drivers did not slow down at all. No amount of marking the lines for visability is going to help if people don't drive safely.

codyinman 6 years, 2 months ago

They need to install the reflective road markers.

They use these across the country and it's like driving down a runway - You don't have to guess where your lane is. It gets so dark without overhead lighting.

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