Archive for Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Man flown to hospital with life-threatening injuries after semitrailer accident on U.S. 59

June 6, 2012, 3:15 p.m. Updated June 6, 2012, 10:26 p.m.


Semitrailer accident sends one to hospital

Douglas County Sheriff Ken McGovern discusses an accident south of Lawrence involving two semitrailers on U.S. 59 and Douglas County 458 around 3 p.m. Wednesday. One man was flown to Kansas University Hospital after being ejected from a truck during the accident. Enlarge video

Two semitrailers collided near N. 1000 Road and U.S. 59, south of Lawrence.

Two semitrailers collided near N. 1000 Road and U.S. 59, south of Lawrence.

Two semitrailers collided near N. 1000 Road and U.S. 59, south of Lawrence.

Two semitrailers collided near N. 1000 Road and U.S. 59, south of Lawrence.

A man was flown by air ambulance to Kansas University Hospital with life-threatening injuries after two semitrailers collided on U.S. Highway 59 south of Lawrence Wednesday afternoon.

Sgt. Steve Lewis, a Douglas County Sheriff's spokesman, said the crash occurred just before 3 p.m. when the driver of a westbound semitrailer carrying cement mix on North 1000 Road, or Wells Overlook Road, was struck by a northbound semitrailer carrying water and farm supplies.

Lewis said the farm semitrailer, owned by Guenther Brothers Farms of Lawrence, sustained significant damage, and the driver, a man, was ejected from the vehicle. He was flown via a LifeStar helicopter ambulance to Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan.

"He was conscious and alert when we got to him," Lewis said.

Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical spokeswoman Eve Tolefree said medics believed the man's injuries were life threatening. Lewis said the driver of the other truck was not injured.

Tolefree said firefighters also responded due leaks of oil, diesel fuel, and an unknown chemical from both vehicles.

U.S. Highway 59 was shut down likely for several hours and reopened at about 9:30 p.m.

Lewis said Wednesday night a preliminary investigation indicates the westbound semitrailer's driver failed to stop at the intersection. However, officers are still investigating the crash.

Sheriff's officials did not identify the injured driver.

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As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, this portion of U.S. 59, between N. 1000 and N. 1100 roads is closed as crew worked to clean up a fuel spill following a Wednesday afternoon semitrailer accident.


Randall Uhrich 1 year, 10 months ago

Deadly Hwy 59 is still claiming victims. There needs to be stronger safety measures installed until the construction is finished not only at the site of this accident, but also at the intersection of N 650 Rd (County Road 460) and at the Hwy 56 intersection. I drive Hwy 59 and all of these are still very dangerous intersections. Let's not let them wait until someone else gets killed.


Steve Swaggerty 1 year, 10 months ago

Prayers are with the families. May the Lord be with them


Kiana Griffin 1 year, 10 months ago

Right now that intersection is near the ongoing construction. The cones and flashing lights and random vehicles parked on the side of the road make it visually distracting. Earlier today I saw an dangerous situation at that same intersection. A east-bound cement truck gunned it and pulled out in front of a car going south on 59 HWY. The car had slowed and was turning E (left) onto 458. The cement truck was at the stop sign and did not have the right away. If the car hadn't yielded, there would have been an accident.


JackMcKee 1 year, 10 months ago

The Life Flight crew has been earning their paychecks lately.


blindrabbit 1 year, 10 months ago

Why so many accidents at this intersection. Views from all directions are clear ,and it is obvious from signage and usage that the East-West traffic must come to a stop and yield..


rockchalker52 1 year, 10 months ago

This is just down the road from me. I'll be really relieved when this intersection isn't there any more. Hope the outcome is better than it looks.


RoeDapple 1 year, 10 months ago

This is the stuff truck driver's nightmares are made of. Wishing complete recovery for all involved.


UNIKU 1 year, 10 months ago

Somewagge will have a problem with the chopper call....


Ron Holzwarth 1 year, 10 months ago

This is a tragedy in that it has occurred only a few months before new Highway 59 is completed. With two lanes in each direction, an accident like this would not have been possible, barring a crossover accident.

There have been far too many accidents that have occurred just prior to the completion of road projects that would have prevented them from occurring in the first place.


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