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Troopers identify two men killed in K-10 crossover accident

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Operation 100 News report.

Updated: 9:19 p.m..

The Kansas Highway Patrol is investigating after two people were killed in a head-on accident on Kansas Highway 10 in De Soto.

The accident was reported shortly after 1 a.m. Thursday in the eastbound lanes of K-10, east of Kill Creek Road.

Johnson County Sheriff's Deputies arrived at the scene to report two vehicles with heavy damage.

Johnson County Med-Act reported two people dead at the scene.

Both eastbound lanes of the highway were closed, with traffic being diverted to Kill Creek Road. All lanes reopened to traffic at 6:15 a.m..

Troopers say, 45-year-old, Johnnie Royce Jackson of Kansas City, Missouri, was driving his 2007 Chevrolet Silverado westbound in the eastbound lanes of K-10 after crossing the grassy center median. The wrong way truck then crashed nearly head-on into an eastbound 2013 Toyota Avalon. The Toyota was being driven by, 20-year-old, Robert Anthony Zevenbergen of Kansas City, Kansas.

An accident report says Jackson was not wearing a seat-belt and was ejected from the truck. Zevenbergen was properly restrained and had to be extricated from his car.

Trooper Howard Dickinson says the crash was not survivable because of the force of two vehicles traveling at 70 mph and crashing into each other.

The Kansas Highway Patrol continues to investigate if alcohol played a role in the accident's cause.

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Comments

Arnie Bunkers 7 months ago

Tragic. Seems like this happens frequently on K-10. I dont understand driving on the wrong side there.

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Leslie Swearingen 7 months ago

My thoughts and prayers go out to the first responders who now have to deal with what they saw, and what they had to do. I thank God that there are those who can do this job and do it well.

This is the most stunning kind of death because the families will be going about their daily lives and then get the phone call.

Drivers and passengers in cars should take care and realize that it is not all about them, so many others will be involved if you have an accident. I know after nothing happens for a time this tends to get pushed to the back of the mind.

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Russell Fryberger 7 months ago

I can see how the entrance/exit ramps to K-10 in Desoto could be confused when it's dark out. The design is terrible.

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Scott Burkhart 7 months ago

It reads as though though the west-bound Silverado crossed the median, not entered the highway from the wrong ramp. It's only a terrible design if you are incapacitated in some way.

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Norm Jennings 7 months ago

Commuting this road every day, I have to wonder if familiarity and complacency are as much a root cause for these horrific accidents as any "fatal design." I'm not at all sure that the design of this stretch of highway is markedly different from any other in the state. However, on a nearly daily basis I am shocked by the NASCAR-wannabes that weave through traffic on this particular stretch of highway. The type of highway signage or modification that would render such drivers "safe" boggles the mind and would certainly drain the taxpayer checkbook. I, for one, would like to see a new labeled designation for stretches of KS highway with the clusters of fatalities similar to those observed on K10. There would not have to be a change the laws, but such a designation could be used to multiply the penalties (points and fines) in a manner similar to construction zones. Perhaps this would impact the pocketbooks and driving privileges of the "fast and furious" crowd that can't seem to distinguish between the X-Box/Silver Screen and real life. Suspend the licenses of even a few individuals of this sort, and you have probably made this highway safer than a few more yards of barricade (at a fraction of the cost).

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Richard Heckler 7 months ago

More law enforcement 24/7 is my suggestion for this K-10 in hopes that this concept could at least prevent head on collisions. The later hours are less traffic however it seems like some of the most brutal accidents also occur during the slower times. Of course no guarantee a patrol car can be everywhere only perhaps more frequent intervals.

I too see drivers who apparently believe they are Daytona 500 stars instead of realizing they are in reality …….. reckless. Speeding and tailgating not good yet so common. Either/or should should be brought to the attention of the drivers.

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