Archive for Wednesday, September 15, 2010

U.S. 59 shut down due to injury accident

September 15, 2010, 12:29 p.m.

Updated: September 15, 2010, 5:17 p.m.

An injury accident on U.S. Highway 59 north of Baldwin Junction shutdown the highway in both directions Wednesday. At least one person was seriously injured and had to be extricated from the vehicle.

An injury accident on U.S. Highway 59 north of Baldwin Junction shutdown the highway in both directions Wednesday. At least one person was seriously injured and had to be extricated from the vehicle.

Emergency crews attend to a victim at the scene of a multi-vehicle injury accident on U.S. 59 north of Baldwin Junction on Wednesday, Sept. 15.

Emergency crews attend to a victim at the scene of a multi-vehicle injury accident on U.S. 59 north of Baldwin Junction on Wednesday, Sept. 15.

Traffic backs up on U.S. 59 north of Baldwin Junction after the highway was shut down due to a multi-vehicle injury accident on Thursday, Sept. 15.

Traffic backs up on U.S. 59 north of Baldwin Junction after the highway was shut down due to a multi-vehicle injury accident on Thursday, Sept. 15.

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U.S. 59 and N. 482 Road

One person was seriously injured and two people sustained minor injuries after an multi-vehicle accident about seven miles south of Lawrence on Wednesday morning.

Lori Pheigaru, of Topeka, was driving her 2002 Nissan Sentra northbound on U.S. 59 about 11:15 a.m. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, the Sentra crossed the center line while negotiating a curve and entered the southbound lanes.

A 2002 Chevrolet pick-up truck driven by Daniel Zirkle, 28, of Burlingame, was traveling southbound on U.S. 59 at the same time. The Sentra struck the pick-up truck head-on.

Pheigaru, 47, was taken to Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center with serious injuries. Zirkle, 28, of Burlingame, and Andres Cardenas, 28, of Tigard, were taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

Both directions of U.S. 59 just north of N. 482 Road were closed through early Wednesday afternoon so emergency crews could clear the scene of the accident.

The Kansas Department of Transportation had encouraged drivers to avoid the area after the accident.

Firefighters inquired about using a LifeStar helicopter to transport the seriously injured person, who had to be extricated from the vehicle. Because of the rain, no emergency helicopters were flying.

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