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Archive for Friday, March 23, 2012

Two Berryton residents injured after SUV runs into large utility pole just north of Lawrence

March 23, 2012, 10:08 a.m. Updated March 23, 2012, 3:45 p.m.

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Emergency personnel respond to an accident at Tee Pee Junction, where two people were injured after a pole went through an SUV's windshield.

Emergency personnel respond to an accident at Tee Pee Junction, where two people were injured after a pole went through an SUV's windshield.

Two people were injured at Tee Pee Junction when a utility pole carried on a truck went through the windshield of the vehicle in which they were riding.

Two people were injured at Tee Pee Junction when a utility pole carried on a truck went through the windshield of the vehicle in which they were riding.

Pole impales SUV, injuring two

Emergency crews responded to a accident involving a semi-trailer hauling utility poles and a sports utility vehicle, injuring two. The accident occurred around 10 a.m., Friday March 23, 2012. Enlarge video

Two Berryton residents were injured Friday morning after an SUV they were traveling in crashed into a utility pole that was being hauled on a semitrailer just north of Lawrence.

Douglas County Sheriff’s officials are investigating the accident in which the large utility pole broke through the windshield of the Chevrolet Tahoe near Tee Pee Junction, said Sgt. Steve Lewis, a sheriff’s spokesman. The accident occurred about 10 a.m.

Lewis said the Tahoe ran into the 110-foot utility pole that was on the back of the Freightliner semitrailer, driven by Shannon Hogan, 38, of Holton.

Hogan was driving the truck for a Koppers Inc., a company that makes utility poles and had contracted with Westar Energy. He was headed south on U.S. Highway 24-59, or East 1450 Road, and attempting to turn left at the intersection to head east on U.S. Highway 24-40 or North 1800 Road. The Tahoe, driven by David Liby, 40, of Berryton, was traveling south behind the truck when it struck the pole. The intersection is commonly called Tee Pee Junction.

Lewis said the utility pole broke off from the trailer after it traveled through the Tahoe’s windshield. According to a witness, the utility pole went into the windshield of the SUV and out the rear passenger side window.

Donna Liby, 39, the front-seat passenger in the Tahoe, was flown by helicopter ambulance to Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., and David Liby was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital by ground ambulance, Lewis said. He was later treated and released, said Belinda Rehmer, an LMH spokeswoman. A KU Hospital official said information about Donna Liby’s condition was not available Friday.

Two teenagers in the back seat, Sarah and Samantha Liby, were examined at the scene but not taken to the hospital, he said.

Lewis said investigators were attempting to interview David Liby, the Tahoe’s driver. Because the semitrailer was an over-sized load, investigators were examining it as well.

“At this time it appears the vehicle was properly marked for an over-sized and extended load, but that is still under investigation,” Lewis said.

Authorities re-opened traffic in the area at 11:45 a.m. Friday.

Chris Evans, a spokeswoman for Koppers Inc. in Pittsburgh, Pa., said company officials were waiting to hear more information from investigators.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the people involved in this situation. It’s horrible,” she said. “We hope for a recovery. We’re cooperating with the investigating authorities.”

Comments

Stuart Evans 2 years, 5 months ago

Doesn't look like the pole fell off the truck, it was snapped off. It appears like the pole carrier was turning East, and the SUV going South hit the pole hanging off the back of the truck, skewered through the windshield and out the back passenger window.

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Stuart Evans 2 years, 5 months ago

kinda looked like it was right through the middle of the windshield.

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ctrowbridge 2 years, 5 months ago

We've updated, now that we have talked with witnesses. Thanks, AreUNorml! -Caroline Trowbridge Community Editor

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thebigspoon 2 years, 5 months ago

Sounds like someone wasn't paying attention to the truck turning in front of them ? Hope everyone will be okay.

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jlzack 2 years, 5 months ago

I doubt it would stay attached to the pole by the time it went through both windows.... let's hope everyone will be ok...

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Joe Hyde 2 years, 5 months ago

I drove southbound through TeePee Junction just an hour ago, saw this SUV speared through the windshield's passenger side by that pole, and could only hope that no one was riding shotgun when it blasted through. But someone was.

Prayers for Donna Libby.

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Clickker 2 years, 5 months ago

Yes, Pray for Mrs. Liby. That pole is in a bad place.

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sophia12 2 years, 5 months ago

There was a flag. It was on the pole that was still on the semi trailer.

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