Archive for Thursday, January 19, 2012

Another Jefferson County resident dies on U.S. Highway 59, south of Oskaloosa

January 19, 2012


For the second time this week, a Jefferson County resident has died in a one-vehicle crash on the same stretch of U.S. Highway 59 three miles south of Oskaloosa.

According to a Kansas Highway Patrol report, Donald G. Vandyke, 54, of Perry, at 7:14 p.m. Wednesday was driving north on the highway when his 2003 Jeep Wrangler left the road, went across into the west ditch and rolled over.

Vandyke, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected, according to the accident report. No one else was in the vehicle.

The crash occurred 0.3 of a mile from where Marty L. Warriner, 42, of Oskaloosa, died after his southbound 1999 Dodge pickup truck went off the highway about 12:15 a.m. Monday and rolled once. Warriner was not wearing a seat belt, according to the highway patrol.


Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 1 month ago

People insist on their right to die, and there's not much that can be done about it.

Gayla Bieker 6 years, 1 month ago

Was talking , texting or alcohol involved? Since no other vehicle was involved in either accident I'm guessing one of these might apply. Very sad that this had to happen and could easily have been avoided. Sure hope I'm wrong.

Machala04 6 years, 1 month ago

I drive this road every single day, and there are MANY deer out. I would guess deer before anything else.

Andrea Hoag 6 years, 1 month ago

Seat belts could have made all the difference with both of these fatality accidents, but there must be something wrong with this particular stretch of highway to have two people die within 0.3 of a mile within one week.

Is there going to be an investigation into what is happening right here?

It's usually a far safer road than Wellman.

thepianoman 6 years, 1 month ago

I also drive this road. There isn't anything wrong with the it. My goodness, visibility is excellent (under normal weather conditions)...I think this is just one of those freak things that happened....I can't recall the last time there was an accident in this vicinity of 59. What were these folks doing? Texting? Drinking? Distracted? Fiddling with the radio, IPOD? Just don't know.

I would imagine they are investigating, but as far as the highway itself -- it's perfectly fine....Seems like these days people place blame on the "road" and then it's deemed "dangerous" and then KDOT needs to reconstruct it, etc......

Gayla Bieker 6 years, 1 month ago

exactly....I have to agree with the pianoman. The road is not the problem, it's the driver and/or other distractions.

kansas12 6 years, 1 month ago

Not saying that driver error and/or deer crossing the highway not involved in these accidents and seat belts may have saved lives, too, but the shoulders on 59 don't help matters either. There is not even a car's width off the pavement in many spots before the shoulder drops off to another level--kind of like stair steps from several overlays. Each time they just raise up a small width of what is supposed to be the shoulder so it is even with the overlay. So, if you get off the asphalt very far, your passenger side will drop off.

Terry Sexton 6 years, 1 month ago

@thepianoman: I just recently met your impressive self for the first time. Please don't invite karma to bite you in the arse. Take care with your travels as I am looking forward to another taste of your wit & frivolity.

May the recent unfortunates of 59 highway rest in glorious peace.

Randall Barnes 6 years, 1 month ago

so sad that anyone has to die.however how many vehicle fatalities could have been prevented had they not been wearing their seat belt ? you could be hit by a train of even have a plane fall out of the sky. if it is your time to go it is your time to go and nothing can be done to prevent that.

Scarypants 6 years, 1 month ago

Maybe the accident was the result of a medical condition. My condolences to the family.

Kevin Haislip 6 years, 1 month ago

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rukidingme 6 years, 1 month ago

Seatbelt is the issue here. Perhaps the Jefferson County sheriff department and KHP start being more proactive with traffic enforcement. Not saying write more tickets just start stoppingen drivers for not wearing seatbelts and lot more speed limit enforcement. Google most dangerous roads in Kansas and you will find Jefferson County roads are at the top of the list. That is because people are allowed to drive to fast and no seatbelt.

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