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Archive for Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Serious injuries reported in 5-vehicle accident near Sixth Street and Kasold Drive

Emergency response personnel help load a man onto a stretcher after a five-car accident near the intersection of Sixth Street and Kasold Drive in the afternoon on Wednesday, May 23, 2012. Another person was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital with what were reported as life-threatening injuries.

Emergency response personnel help load a man onto a stretcher after a five-car accident near the intersection of Sixth Street and Kasold Drive in the afternoon on Wednesday, May 23, 2012. Another person was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital with what were reported as life-threatening injuries.

May 23, 2012, 2:42 p.m. Updated May 23, 2012, 5:20 p.m.

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Five-Vehicle Accident on Sixth Street

Emergency response crews work to help those injured in a five-vehicle accident near the intersection of Sixth Street and Kasold Drive on Wednesday. Enlarge video

Photo of four-vehicle accident near 6th and Kasold streets Wednesday around 2:45 p.m. Crews on scene are reporting one person not breathing and one person with life-threatening injuries.

Photo of four-vehicle accident near 6th and Kasold streets Wednesday around 2:45 p.m. Crews on scene are reporting one person not breathing and one person with life-threatening injuries.

A Lawrence police officer pulled an injured 77-year-old man from a five-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon near Sixth Street and Kasold Drive and began performing CPR on him before medics arrived.

Officer Charlie Stewart was first on the scene of the chain reaction crash about 2:30 p.m. and began assisting the driver of a Cadillac that crashed into vehicles that were stopped at a light in the westbound lanes of Sixth Street, said Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence police spokesman.

The injured man had no pulse and was not breathing when Stewart performed CPR for several minutes. Once medics arrived, the man, who police did not identify Wednesday, was taken by ambulance to Lawrence Memorial Hospital and was later transferred to a Kansas City area hospital in serious condition, McKinley said.

“At this point preliminary investigation indicates that the driver of the Cadillac had a medical issue while he was driving and struck the other vehicles,” McKinley said.

The Cadillac struck the back of a pickup truck, and it caused a chain reaction that involved three other vehicles in front of the pickup truck, including a city vehicle.

Another driver was also taken by ambulance from the scene with less serious injuries.

Martin Villagran of Topeka was driving in front of the crash and was the last one struck. He said the four vehicles that were hit as part of the chain reaction were all stopped waiting for a red light when the accident occurred.

“It surprised me,” Villagran said. “Hopefully the guy will be all right.”

The crash caused major traffic issues into the rush hour as the city advised drivers to avoid the westbound lanes of Sixth Street in the area. A police mapping team for several hours investigated the crash in the far right westbound lanes east of Kasold Drive.

6th and Kasold

Comments

Curtis Lange 2 years, 6 months ago

Thats not good. :/ Hope everyone turns out to be OK. I spy a city of Lawrence truck involved there too.

ksjayhawk74 2 years, 6 months ago

That's the same spot I saw a 2 car accident at about a month ago.

DaniB 2 years, 6 months ago

We drove by it right as the emergency vehicles got there. It looked pretty bad although I wouldn't have expected anyone to be seriously hurt. I hope it turns out okay for all involved.

George Diepenbrock 2 years, 6 months ago

You are right that it's the westbound lanes. It's fixed. Thanks.

Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 6 months ago

"McKinley said officers were trying to determine what caused the Cadillac driver to crash into the first vehicle."

It's possible that the accident occurred because the Cadillac driver failed to apply the brakes.

Or, maybe the brakes didn't work.

thefisherman 2 years, 6 months ago

+1. I got a chuckle out of your comment.

thefisherman 2 years, 6 months ago

oletimer - pay attention to the modified date on the story. It was updated after Ron posted his comment. At the time of our comments, there was no information about the driver of the Cadillac.

Quit running your mouth, period.

Jake Esau 2 years, 6 months ago

I see plenty of both genders, and all ages from teens up to 50-60 year olds

Stuart Evans 2 years, 6 months ago

I see that you possess a 'Jump to Conclusions' mat.

asixbury 2 years, 6 months ago

That worked out well for the guy in Office Space, huh?

Jean Robart 2 years, 6 months ago

That intersection is a mess. As well as the two westbound lanes being blocked, one eastbound lane is closed for road work. I'm not surprised that the Cadillac driver was hurt so bad. Nothing left of the front end of his car. Ugly wreck.

Stuart Evans 2 years, 6 months ago

did it ever occur to you that it could have been an older person (big, newer Cadillac), and maybe they had a medical emergency.. Nope, 3 comments about texting later..

jackpot 2 years, 6 months ago

I was thinking medical emergency first thing.

blindrabbit 2 years, 6 months ago

I'm an oldster myself, but must agree with previous poster about the driver of "big, newer Cadillac" being "older".. I see older folks driving (herding) these big sleds and wonder how they control them. I'm surprised that more of these rear-enders don't occur!

rubberband 2 years, 6 months ago

Give it up. You clearly have no clue what happened.

Scott Morgan 2 years, 6 months ago

blindrabbit, ever drive a tuned up Caddy sled? Like driving a sportscar. Reason why for 80 years Caddy was the cream of the crop if you wanted a big vehicle.

Drove a new 89 Coup De Ville for a few weeks. What a ride!

Rae Hudspeth 2 years, 6 months ago

And the armchair asscaps log in as usual. (A____ts) got me a "Watch your mouth" but this one didn't.

I hope that poor man recovers, he may have kicked the bucket before he hit the others, so glad there was a CPR trained person to jumpstart him. Best wishes to all concerned.

geoismeo 2 years, 6 months ago

A big thanks to the officer who performed the CPR. Police do a job I would not want.

Liberty275 2 years, 6 months ago

Death can come out of nowhere. Hopefully it got lost today.

John Hamm 2 years, 6 months ago

LarryNative - much better than your contribution to the thread.

sho_tyme21 2 years, 6 months ago

I am glad I decided to take the turnpike from the east side to the west side of Lawrence

I hope everybody is OK

pace 2 years, 6 months ago

Some one might of died, and you guys are jumping up and down cracking wise, trolls.

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