Lawrence Police and Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical crews responded on at least four different accidents on the Interstate 70 turnpike Sunday morning. The first accident was reported shortly after 3 a.m..
Three of the accidents were near the east Lawrence interchange while the fourth accident was closer to the west Lawrence interchange.
At least three ambulances responded to the area to check for injuries.
One vehicle crashed on its side, leaving two people with serious injuries on westbound Interstate 70 at milepost 205.8.
At least six people at various crash scenes were treated for minor injuries.
There were also accidents working on Johnson County highways. Several on Interstate 435 and Interstate 35, one on K-10 near De Soto.
The activity blogged above was reported as it was unfolding by Operation 100 News. Learn how to receive breaking news updates here. For a full look at incidents from Douglas and Johnson counties this morning, take a look at the Operation 100 News twitter feed using the link above.
Updated: Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 6:42 a.m.
The Kansas Highway Patrol is investigating following an early morning accident that took the life of one person and injured several others in Leavenworth County.
The accident was reported shortly before 2:10 Saturday morning in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 near mile marker 221.3.
Turnpike Troopers arrived to find a three vehicle accident with one vehicle being heavily damaged. A passenger in that car was found unconscious and pinned inside.
Leavenworth County fire personnel performed CPR on the person following a brief extrication. That person was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
A second person, said to be the driver of the heavily damaged vehicle, was transported to the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas. Her injuries were said to be serious but not immediately life threatening.
Troopers have not released any other information at this time.
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6 a.m. Update: KDOT reports that one lane in eastbound and one lane westbound are now open again. Traffic continues to move slowly through the scene.
Original Report: If you are planning on commuting to work by way of the Kansas Turnpike early this morning, you are going to have to reconsider your route. As of 5 a.m., all eastbound and westbound traffic is being forced to exit the turnpike due to as serious injury accident about a mile east of the East Lawrence Interchange.
Douglas County firefighters from the Lawrence Department, Wakarusa Township fire responded, along with Reno Township Fire of Leavenworth County to the scene of an accident involving a tractor trailer near mile marker 205. The accident was dispatched around 4:20 this morning after dispatchers received numerous calls regarding a tractor trailer crash and fire in the median.
Douglas County Deputies were first to arrive on the scene and were able to report that the driver was out of the truck and reporting that the tank trailer is empty. Lawrence firefighters arrived on the scene to report that the tractor trailer had rolled to its side and sustained "major damage."
The driver of the truck has been transported by ambulance to Lawrence Memorial Hospital with serious injuries.
Incident command reports there is "significant debris" across the highway and a "diesel fuel leak." A Kansas Turnpike Authority representative has been requested to respond to the scene. It is unclear how long the roadway will remain blocked.
More on this accident can be found from Operation 100 News on Twitter or check back to this report as it will be updated as new details become available.
Things have been pretty calm around Douglas County in the early morning hours lately.
Still fairly quiet this morning, with the exception of a serious accident on Interstate 70.
At 1:55, Lawrence Fire Medical crews were dispatched to respond on an injury accident near mile marker 202 in the eastbound lanes of I-70. Crews located the accident at the 201.2 marker, which is between the west and east Lawrence interchanges. Two people were seriously injured when their vehicle rolled and came to rest on its top.
Initially crews requested two helicopters to respond to the scene but, the second was canceled a short time later after dispatchers learned that the second nearest helicopter would have a response time of nearly 30 minutes. LifeStar landed in the Hallmark parking lot and transported a female, while a medic unit transported a male. The female was said to have a head injury, the male possibly a broken leg. Both the male and female were said to be in their early 20's. The Kansas Highway Patrol continues to investigate.
Other than that, Police conducted the usual vehicle stops and responded on a few disturbances. Aside from the accident, no other serious injuries were reported.
Some of the activity blogged above was reported as it was unfolding by Operation 100 News. Learn how to receive breaking news updates here. For a full look at incidents from Douglas and Johnson counties this morning, take a look at the Operation 100 News twitter feed (link above), where the has been 80 tweets since midnight.
The activity blogged here is only a sampling of some of the things that Douglas County Law Enforcement and Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical respond on. To see a complete list of Lawrence Police activity, the department has that available on their website along with several easy to use maps that show approximate locations for Police activity.