Archive for Monday, August 5, 2013

Van wrecked, abandoned at U.S. 56 bridge construction site

The driver of this van abandoned the vehicle after plunging off a creek bank at a bridge construction site on U.S. Highway 56 about 1 mile west of the Baldwin City limits. The driver drove around two barricades, crossed onto an unpaved construction zone and around the crane before wrecking the van.

The driver of this van abandoned the vehicle after plunging off a creek bank at a bridge construction site on U.S. Highway 56 about 1 mile west of the Baldwin City limits. The driver drove around two barricades, crossed onto an unpaved construction zone and around the crane before wrecking the van.

August 5, 2013

A wrecked vehicle was discovered Sunday morning in the middle of a construction site on U.S. 56 Highway west of Baldwin City.

"It appears the vehicle drove around the barricade and got stuck over the bridge," said Sgt. Tevita Hafoka, with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

Hafoka said the grey Dodge Durango was unoccupied when officers arrived, and they are currently working to locate its owner.

The section of the highway from Sixth Street in Baldwin City to East 1400 Road is currently closed to traffic for a project by the Kansas Department of Transportation. Three bridges along the highway are being replaced. The van was found in the middle bridge of the three being replaced.

Delbert Sheldon, of rural Douglas County, saw the vehicle in the construction site around 8:30 a.m. Sunday and called the authorities.

Comments

ejones 8 months, 2 weeks ago

I don't know. I haven't looked at the bridge being replaced to the west. Is the old bridge still in place there? Could the driver have gone around barricades and crossed it and then thought to do the same at the second bridge?

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