One killed in Baldwin Junction wreck
By George Diepenbrock
One person was killed and another injured after a two-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon at the intersection of U.S. highways 59 and 56 about 10 miles south of Lawrence.
While headed west on Highway 56, shortly before 4 p.m., the driver of a silver Honda pulled from a stop to cross Highway 59 in front of a northbound black Dodge Dakota truck, said Lt. Kari Wempe, spokeswoman for the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.
The truck then struck the car on the driver's door.
The driver of the Dodge truck, only identified as male, refused medical treatment at the scene, Wempe said.
A medical investigator pronounced the driver of the car dead at the scene. The car's passenger was transported by ambulance to the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., in critical condition, Wempe said.
Douglas County Sheriff's officers work the scene of a fatal accident Saturday afternoon near the intersection of U.S Highways 59 and 56, about 10 miles south of Lawrence. The driver of the silver car was pronounced dead at the scene.
The sheriff's office did not release any additional information about the people involved, as officers continued to investigate the accident Saturday evening.
No tickets were issued at the scene, Wempe said.
Division Chief Rob Kort, of Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical, said at the scene that because of the rainy weather a medical helicopter was unavailable to transport the injured passenger.
Douglas County Sheriff's officers and a trooper with the Kansas Highway Patrol mapped the scene Saturday evening. Both vehicles ended up in the grass on the northwest corner of the intersection near the Baldwin Junction Veterinary Clinic.
The Kansas Department of Transportation currently has a $214.3 million plan to expand Highway 59 to four lanes from Lawrence to Ottawa. As of now, the new road is scheduled to open in Franklin County in 2009 and in Douglas County in 2011.
The two-lane stretch of road has been notorious for several fatalities and injury accidents. Also on Saturday morning, two people were injured after an accident at the intersection of Highway 59 and County Road 460, which is three miles north of the junction of 59 and 56.