Eudora News and Information – www.eudorareporter.com
8:30 AM Update:
We spoke with Eudora Fire Chief Ken Keiter who told us that the driver of the vehicle was a 20 year-old female. The driver was heading east on K-10 when she suddenly came upon a piece of furniture sitting in the roadway.
“She tried to swerve to miss the piece of furniture but was unable to avoid it,” Keiter said. “She ended up off the highway and upside down wrapped around the utility pole.”
Keiter said the driver was transported to Overland Park Regional Medical Center to be checked out, but she was able to get out of the vehicle under her own power. Keiter said the driver was wearing her seat belt.
“She ended up hanging there upside down for a time held in by her seat belt,” Keiter told us. “Her injuries did not appear to be significant.”
Around 10:30 PM Wednesday night, emergency crews were called to the scene of a one car accident on eastbound K-10 just east of the Church Street exit. Reporting partner The Lawrence Journal-World said that a female driver need to extricated from underneath the vehicle. The vehicle struck a power pole off to the side of the road and caused a lengthy power outage for much of Eudora.
“The pole broke about 6 feet from the top which caused the wires to sag to a clearance of about 14 feet above K-10 highway,” Public Works Director Mike Hutto said. “Because of the danger Westar killed power to one of the transformers at the Eudora substation, which caused a black out for several residents until we could fix the pole.”
Hutto stated that power was cut to residents north of K-10 and west of Church Street. The outage also affected the Greenway apartment complex located at K-10 and Church Street to the east. Hutto added that city crews were able to use equipment to attach to the remainder of the broken pole and temporarily lift the wires to allow traffic to move on on K-10. Traffic was re-routed through Eudora for approximately two hours as crews worked to fix the lines. Power was restored to residents around 1:20 AM.
Hutto says that city crews will be replacing the pole today and there should be no power outages with the pole replacement.
We will continue to work on finding out the cause of the accident and the condition of the driver today. We will update the story when we learn of new information.