Archive for Thursday, April 14, 2005

Baldwin accidents prove to be minor

April 14, 2005

Within a matter of five days, two separate vehicle accidents on Douglas County roads near Baldwin City occurred which had the potential for disaster, but proved to be fairly minor. One involved a Baldwin School District bus.

The school bus was involved in an accident, colliding with a mini-van north of Baldwin on Thursday around 4 p.m. Although the driver of the mini-van was transported to the hospital, none of the 12 Baldwin students or the bus driver were injured.

"I think they were all sorts of blessed that day," said Lt. Katy Tate, spokeswoman for the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. "It could have been a very bad wreck. It could have been a lot worse."

Linda Russell, director of transportation for the school district, agreed that it turned out much better than it could have.

"Definitely," said Russell. "We are very thankful no one got hurt on the bus. I understand the lady in the car got hurt and I'm sorry for that, but thank goodness none of the kids got hurt."

Sharon L. Conley, 53, Lawrence, was the driver of the mini-van which was struck by the school bus driven by Dawn Grammer, 29, Baldwin, said Tate. Conley was taken by ambulance to Lawrence Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

On Monday, the second accident occurred southwest of Baldwin and brought scores of emergency medical personnel, firefighters and law enforcement officers flying through the city, sirens blaring and lights flashing. But, it turned out to be a single-vehicle accident and a Lifeflight helicopter wasn't brought to town.

That accident occured at 5:15 p.m. when a car driven by Ann R. Wilson, 45, Leawood, was southbound on East 1600 Road just south of North 200 Road. Wilson lost control of the car, which struck an embankment and overturned on its top, said Tate. She said Wilson had to be extracated from the car.

Witnesses at the scene said Wilson suffered head injuries, but was conscious and talking to medical personnel. She was taken by ambulance to the KU Med Center. No condition or other information was available.

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