K-10 accident - powerCrews work to replace a utility pole damaged in a late night accident on K-10 (photo courtesy Eudora Public Works Department)

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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.”

Original Story:

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.



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 EMS crews working at transporting the injured worker at the Eudora Public Safety Building Wednesday morning (photo courtesy Sydney)

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One worker was injured this morning at the construction site of the new Public Safety Building at 10th and Main Streets in Eudora.

According to Eudora Police Chief Bill Edwards, a worker fell from the metal beams on the first level of the construction project into the basement of the building.

“He apparently lost his footing on one of the beams and slipped on the ice,” Edwards told us. “It was about a 15 to 18 foot drop to the concrete floor.”

Rain and snow fell during the day yesterday continuing into the early morning hours creating the slick conditions.

Edwards said that the construction worker was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital by ambulance and described his injuries at the time he was transported as serious.  Police were not releasing the name of the injured worker and there was no word as to his current condition.

As we get more information, we will update the story.




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Story by George Diepenbrock, courtesy The Lawrence Journal-World

At least one person was taken to a Kansas City area hospital Tuesday morning after an accident reported in the westbound lanes of Kansas Highway 10 near Eudora.

Authorities reported a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper, Eudora police and Lawrence Douglas County Fire Medical workers were responding to the accident reported after 11 a.m.

Medics told dispatchers at least one person was being taken to Overland Park Regional Medical Center by ambulance.


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Note:  Andy Hyland, Jonathan Kealing and Joe Preiner from the Lawrence Journal World contributed to this report.

An accident on K-10 highway just west of the Church Street exit caused the highway to be shut down in both directions for over six hours Thursday.

The accident occurred around 4:00PM Thursday afternoon when a cement mixer blew a tire, causing the driver, identified as 44-year-old Tonganoxie resident Richard Vandruff, to lose control of the vehicle, according to a report from the KHP. Vandruff swerved onto the north shoulder of westbound K-10 before veering back across the lanes onto the median, where the vehicle then rolled before coming to rest on its side. Vandruff was trapped in his truck for more than 30 minutes while Lawrence Douglas County Fire Medical tried to rescue him. He was taken by helicopter to KU Medical center for treatment.

Two other injury accidents had occurred in Douglas County at approximately the same time, complicating the rush hour commute. The Kansas Turnpike was shut down near the Lecompton exit because of an eastbound accident and there was an accident on US 24/40 at mile marker 397.

Traffic from K-10 was rerouted through Eudora causing long backups at all major intersections in the city.  During rush hour, drivers sat for periods as long as thirty minutes on County Road 442 heading east into Eudora while crews and law enforcement officials completed an accident reconstruction investigation and cleanup of the cement mixer.  An equally long backup westbound was caused by traffic being forced to exit at Church Street.

“It was the perfect storm,” Eudora Police Chief Grady Walker stated. “With the three accidents all working in Douglas County at the same time, everything converged on Eudora. I’ve never seen anything like that before.”

Walker added that he was happy that there were no secondary accidents with the increased volume of traffic through town.

“You can do all the planning in the world and then you have an event like this that no one could predict and you find out if your personnel and plans are ready,” Walker said. “Gratefully, we were ready.”

Crews from Kansas Highway patrol, Eudora and Lawrence, including a Hazmat team, worked the accident scene late into the night to remove the cement truck and handle fuel and cement spilled onto the highway.

Not something you see every day: K-10 in daylight hours with no cars on it.


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With the tragic accident that claimed two lives and injured three others on K-10 Saturday, Eudora Mayor Scott Hopson has decided to stand up and try to do something about it.

Hopson is sending a letter to Kansas Governor Brownback where he requests the Governor to “direct the Secretary of Transportation to immediately begin work to install wire barriers in the median of K-10 from Lawrence to I-435.”

In Hopson’s letter he stated:

We have been told that KDOT has resisted placing wire barriers in the median at this stretch of road because the benefit cost ratio completed in 2009 determined that these barriers were not warranted due to the low numbers of accidents or deaths in the area.  I can tell you now that the death toll on this stretch of road has exceeded our community’s benefit cost ratio and that we request barriers be installed immediately.

Hopson also is circulating the letter to the Mayors of Lawrence, De Soto, Overland Park, Lenexa and Olathe in the hope that they will join his campaign for wire barriers along the K-10 corridor.

“It’s my responsibility not only to the citizens of Eudora but to all the people who travel K-10.” Hopson said.  “Policy makers aren’t traveling K-10 on a regular basis and it’s our responsibility to bring it to their attention.”

There is also a groundswell of support for barriers along K-10 on Facebook.

Jodi Jackson, an area resident, started the page at 7AM Tuesday morning and by 6:15PM that evening, the page had garnered over 325 “likes”.

Jackson stated that she was one car in front of the accident that occurred near the Church St. exit on K-10 Saturday.

“What if that had been me in that car?” Jackson said. “I have my own children and I can’t imagine what I would be going through, had it been me.”