7 injured when bus collides with pickup, overturns on Turnpike east of Lawrence

Story updated: 10:07 a.m. Friday, July 6, 2018.

Six people in a bus that overturned early Friday morning on the Kansas Turnpike — plus a man driving a pickup that reportedly collided with it — were taken to hospitals for their injuries.

About half the injured went to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, and the others went to Kansas City-area hospitals. No one’s injuries were considered life-threatening, said Capt. Joe Bott of the Kansas Highway Patrol.

According to a preliminary report from the highway patrol:

The crash, which involved a total of three vehicles, happened at 12:15 a.m. on westbound Interstate 70 near milemarker 214, which is about 2 miles east of the Tonganoxie/Eudora exit.

A pickup driven by a 30-year-old Lawrence man rear-ended a bus from Arizona, causing the bus to lose control, strike the barrier wall and overturn. A third vehicle, also a pickup, was struck by debris from the barrier wall as the bus went through it.

The Lawrence man driving the first pickup — who was not wearing a seat belt — was taken to the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan.

A 57-year-old Smithville, Mo., man driving the second pickup wasn’t hurt, and drove away. He was wearing a seat belt.

Six men on the bus, including the driver, were taken to either Lawrence Memorial Hospital or Overland Park Regional Medical Center. All of the injured bus occupants from out of state, mostly Arizona and California. The driver was buckled up but the passengers were not.

Both sides of the highway were briefly shut down completely after the crash, then restricted for a few hours afterward, the Kansas Turnpike Authority said on Twitter.

At 9 a.m. Friday, westbound traffic was still down to one lane while crews worked to replace the barrier wall.

Contact Journal-World public safety reporter Sara Shepherd


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