Archive for Thursday, May 4, 2006

Spring Hill woman killed at Junction

May 4, 2006

A late-afternoon accident at the Baldwin Junction killed a 20-year-old Spring Hill woman and sent another to a Kansas City area hospital in critical condition.

Jennifer Jamison was pronounced dead at the scene after the car she was driving westbound on U.S. Highway 56 was struck by a pickup that was northbound on U.S. Highway 59. Jamison's passenger, Laura Miller, 20, was taken to Kansas University Medical Center. No condition upgrade was available Wednesday.

According to the Douglas County Sheriff's office, the accident occurred when Jamison, who had stopped at the stop sign, attempted to cross U.S. 59 and was hit by the northbound pickup. The sheriff's office did not release the name of the driver of the truck, who refused medical treatment at the scene. He is from Ottawa.

No tickets were issued at the scene, Lt. Kari Wempe, sheriff's spokesman, said.

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.

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