Archive for Sunday, January 4, 2009

Driver flown to KU hospital after one-vehicle accident

January 4, 2009

One man was transported early Sunday by LifeStar helicopter ambulance to Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., after a single-vehicle rollover accident at 447 E. 2100 Rd., about four miles northeast of Baldwin City.

At 12:31 a.m., emergency dispatchers received reports from a passerby that a person was trapped inside an automobile. Initial responders to the accident reported that the patient had suffered critical injuries, including a head injury.

Sgt. Blake McCall of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said the man was driving south on East 2100 Road when, for reasons unknown to officials, his white 1996 Kia veered into the ditch and through a fence.

"His vehicle rolled a couple times and probably flipped end-over-end," McCall said. "It came to rest upside down, and he was pinned in the vehicle."

The patient, whose name is currently being withheld, was pulled from the wreckage at 12:54 a.m. McCall said emergency responders didn't have to use the "jaws of life" for the rescue. He was unsure if the victim was conscious after the accident.

The vehicle was reportedly leaking gasoline when emergency crews responded. No fire erupted from the incident, but fire crews were on standby at the scene.

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