Archive for Friday, July 8, 2011

Two Johnson County residents injured in median cross-over crash on K-10

July 8, 2011

Two Johnson County women were injured in a cross-median crash Thursday morning on Kansas Highway 10 near the Kansas Highway 7 intersection, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

The accident report said Connie J. Moll, 43, of Olathe, was attempting to merge her 2001 Ford truck onto eastbound K-10 from K-7 at 7:55 a.m. when she lost control. Her truck crossed the median and struck a 2007 Kia vehicle head-on in the westbound lanes just west of Woodland Road.

The Kia’s driver, Jill L. Nicholson, 31, of Overland Park, also was injured. Both women, who were wearing seat belts, were taken to Overland Park Regional Medical Center, according to the accident report.

A second crash occurred as traffic approached the accident. A 54-year-old Shawnee man, Timothy D. Shea, was traveling westbound at 8:10 a.m. and attempting an illegal U-turn in a 2004 Buick car, but he was struck by a KHP vehicle traveling on the left shoulder running emergency lights and sirens, according to the crash report.

Shea was taken to Shawnee Mission Medical Center, and Trooper Matthew Brooks, 32, also of Shawnee, was taken to Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan.

The Kansas Department of Transportation is studying the safety of K-10 and the possible use of a cable-median barrier between Lawrence and Interstate 435.

The study was prompted after an April 16 cross-median crash near the Church Street interchange killed two Eudora residents, including 5-year-old Cainan Shutt. A group that is advocating the barriers, including government representatives and residents from cities along the corridor, is next scheduled to meet July 14 in Eudora.


K10traveler 4 years, 4 months ago

I travel from Topeka to OP along the K10 corridor every day and have for the last 8 years. The biggest problem is not faulty medians, ramps, or merge lanes, but poor drivers. I was caught in the traffic caused by these accidents, and it is unfortunate for all concerned. Perhaps not in this case, but I have been eye-witness to many people coming off the K7 to K10 ramps at excessive speeds and "lose control." The other problem at this and most ramps is failure to use common sense and be gracious to fellow drivers when merging. Both parties need to adjust speed accordingly. Many times I have had to take the shoulder as people coming from K7 do not merge into the right lane but cut across traffic directly into the left lane. The solution to the problem is to control the drivers who use excessive speed while reading the paper, apply makeup, and drive with the knee while texting and doing other misc. tasks. More police presence would save a lot of lives!


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