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Archive for Friday, July 13, 2012

One person injured in cross-median crash on Kansas Highway 10 near Eudora

July 13, 2012, 7:06 a.m. Updated July 13, 2012, 4:32 p.m.

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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 headed 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.

Comments

thebcman 1 year, 9 months ago

I want to know how it would be physically possible for an eastbound vehicle to cross the median and strike the passenger side of a westbound vehicle. I'm not sure they have that right.

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reality_check79 1 year, 9 months ago

The only idiots are the ones assuming they know what really happen...

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LJ Whirled 1 year, 9 months ago

<< Qualls said Friday morning weather had caused several accidents >>

Weather doesn't cause accidents, bad driving causes accidents.

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Jean Robart 1 year, 9 months ago

The median cables cannot come too soon! Now if they ever finish I35 northbound, it will be a better way to get to Kansas City.

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Robert Rauktis 1 year, 9 months ago

Both drivers wore seat belts so the carnage was relatively to very mild.

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Curtis Lange 1 year, 9 months ago

Since we're talking idiots, I was amazed at the amount of them without their headlights on in the downpour! Wipers come on, so do the headlights. There is no excuse to not have one's headlights on in inclement weather.

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Clickker 1 year, 9 months ago

I have been passed twice during a rain storm by folks going > 65 that immediately went into a hydroplane on a wet highway. One of them was on K-10 I am constantly amazed at the speed that people go in wet pavement. The difference between 60 and 75 getting to Olathe on K-10 is about 4 minutes, and thats if you dont run into traffic downstream. Do people really want to get to work 4 minutes quicker? Amazing.

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jenjen 1 year, 9 months ago

It was pouring rain when the accident happened. I think that I passed it heading EB just after it happened. While there are a lot of people that I see texting while driving on K10 I think that this one was probably caused by hydroplaning. Even going considerably under the 70 mph limit is was very slick. I myself had to correct a hydroplane or 2 going through the downpour.

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greywolf85203 1 year, 9 months ago

This is the perfect example of why we need the barriers on K-10 also it would help if people didn't think it was the Indy 500! Its 70 people and if you didn't read the article in yesterdays paper you might want to archive it as they are going to crack down on speeders on K-10, I-70 and 1-35. Get there safe slow down, ignore your phones, use hands free devices if you need to call!

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justforfun 1 year, 9 months ago

Hurry Hurry!! Put up the cable barriers it will protect against unsafe drivers!

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Curtis Lange 1 year, 9 months ago

Didn't look like a roll over accident. Silver car for sure crossed over (hydroplaned?) and was t boned by a blue Neon. We drove by at 745am.

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Laura Wilson 1 year, 9 months ago

The roads are slippery with oil since we haven't had rain forever.

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