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Two people critically injured in separate Douglas County accidents early Sunday
Updated 3:07 a.m..
Douglas County Deputies are investigating two accidents this morning.
The first was reported shortly before 12:30 Sunday morning near the intersection of North 950 Road and East 850 Road, south of Clinton Lake.
Emergency crews arrived on the scene to report one vehicle, on its side and in the ditch. The driver had to be extricated from the vehicle.
Medics reported the driver's injuries to be critical. A LifeStar Helicopter transported the injured driver to Stormont-Vail HealthCare center in Topeka.
Clarion Springs EMS, Clinton Township Fire, Wakarusa Township Fire and Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical all assisted on the scene and the helicopter landing zone.
The second accident was initially reported as a possible grass fire just before 1:10 a.m.. It is unclear who reported the fire but, an arriving deputy found a vehicle down a steep embankment at the intersection of North 1550 Road and East 1625 Road in Wakarusa Township.
Medics reported the driver's injuries to be critical and requested a helicopter for transport. Dispatchers contacted LifeFlight Eagle and LifeNet, both were unavailable due to fog in the area east of Lawrence.
The injured driver, only identified as a 55-year-old man, was transported by a Lawrence Medic unit to the University of Kansas hospital in Kansas City, Kansas. His injuries are said to include a head laceration.
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