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Rain a factor in cross-median injury accident on K-10

July 13, 2012

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A 43-year-old Lawrence man was injured Friday morning in a cross-median crash after his vehicle hydroplaned during heavy rain on Kansas Highway 10 just west of Eudora, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Todd Alan Armbrust lost control of his 2006 Hyundai Sonata at 6:45 a.m. as he was driving in the eastbound lanes of the divided highway. His vehicle entered the median and then K-10’s westbound lanes and struck the passenger side of a 2003 Dodge Neon. The crash occurred about one-third of a mile west of the Church Street exit in Eudora.

Armbrust was taken to Overland Park Regional Medical Center by ambulance. The driver of the Neon, Dustin A. Young, 40, of Eudora, was not injured. Both men wore their seat belts. Division Chief Eve Tolefree, a Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical spokeswoman, said Armbrust’s injuries were not believed to be life threatening.

A hospital spokeswoman Friday afternoon said Armbrust was listed in stable condition.

Kim Qualls, a spokeswoman for the Kansas Department of Transportation, said the crash occurred just outside of a pilot project scheduled to begin next month that will install cable barriers in the median for two miles just east of the Church Street exit. That project was prompted by the April 2011 death of 5-year-old Cainan Shutt when an impaired driver crossed the median and struck the minivan driven by Cainan’s grandfather just east of the Church Street exit.

Qualls said Friday morning weather had caused several accidents in the Kansas City area, and KDOT was advising drivers to take extra precautions, especially because pavement has been dry for so long before heavy rains began falling.

“This is the day when people need to drive a little slower,” she said.

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