Two hospitalized after 5-vehicle accident on I-70

Hays Post – November 21, 2014

Two people were injured in a 5-vehicle accident on Interstate 70 just before 4 p.m. on Friday in Wabaunsee County.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a four vehicles were stopped in traffic and a fire truck was legally parked on the shoulder eastbound on Interstate 70 two miles west of Maple Hill.

An eastbound 2002 Jeep Liberty driven by Brooke Alexandra Doerr, 23, Topeka, rear-ended a 2012 Acura MDX driven by Terry L. Stevens, 49, Overland Park.

The Acura rear-ended a 1999 Ford pickup driven by John Karl Wolfram, 51, Kansas City, and pushed it into a 2005 Toyota Camry driven by Robert F. Nelson, 56, Emporia.

Then the Jeep went across the lane and hit the fire truck.

Doerr and Wolfram was transported to Stormont Vail.

Stevens and two passengers in the Acura were not injured.
Nelson and a passenger in the Toyota were not injured.
Nobody was in the fire truck.

The KHP reported all were properly restrained at the time of the accident.


MANHATTAN- First responders are working a pair of accidents on eastbound Interstate 70 two miles west of the Maple Hill exit shortly before 4 p.m.

The first accident involved at least one vehicle that rolled onto the shoulder.

The second appears to have happened after a vehicle failed to slow for the first accident and collided with an emergency vehicle that was on the scene.

The following is from WIBW:

A 5-vehicle pileup sent two people to the hospital and caused major delays for rush hour drivers on I-70 on Friday afternoon. Reports indicate traffic was at a near standstill in eastbound for nearly two hours before finally clearing up around 6:00 p.m.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, the happened around 4:00 p.m. about two miles west of the Maple Hill exit and after authorities had already responded to another rollover wreck that was stopping traffic. No one was hurt in that earlier wreck.

Three of the vehicles had come to a stop and a fire truck was parked on the right shoulder when a Jeep Liberty driven by 23 year-old Brooke Doerr rear-ended an Acura MDX and bounded across the lane and ran into the fire truck. After it was hit from behind, the Acura, was forced into a Ford truck which then hit a Toyota Camry.

Doerr was taken to the hospital with potentially serious injuries. The driver of the Ford truck John Wolfram, 51, of Kansas City, went to the hospital as well with what was described as a possible injury.

Friday’s House Fire Spread To Several Rooms

By Nick Viviani
WIBW – November 21, 2014

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Topeka firefighters could see smoke coming from a west Topeka home when they arrived early Friday afternoon.

Authorities said the first crews on the scene could see the smoke when they got to the home, 1949 Cheyenne Rd., shortly after 2:00 p.m. and found flames coming from the back of the home.

Investigator Zach Bottenberg said a contractor was working on the house when some combustible material cam in contact with a ceiling heat lamp in the bathroom.

He estimated the damage to be in the neighborhood to be the neighborhood of $100,000 and said he believed it was accidental.

The contractor was the only one in the home at the time.

The American Red Cross will house the people who live there for now.

Woman killed, child hurt in SE Kansas crash

KAKE – November 21, 2014

A 29-year-old woman was killed and a child hurt in a crash in SE Kansas today. The accident happened late this morning a half mile north of Coffeyville.

Kansas Highway Patrol troopers said a car driven by Rachel Baker ran a stop sign and collided with a semi. Baker, of Coffeyville, died from her injuries. Kylan Baker, 3, was taken to a Tulsa hospital for treatment. Neither person wore a safety restraint.

The truck driver was not injured.

Gary Shear returns as Hiawatha Fire Chief

By Craig Miller
Hiawatha World – October 24, 2014
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Back by popular demand, former Hiawatha Fire Chief Gary Shear, has agreed to come out of retirement to fulfill the two-year term left by the former Chief Don Koontz.

Shear retired from the Hiawatha Fire Department in 2010 after serving 22 years as Fire Chief. Asked to once again take the helm by local firefighters, Shear agreed and was voted in for appointment by the department on October 6. During Monday’s regular meeting at City Hall, commissioners voted to appoint Shear to serve out the remaining two year term as Hiawatha’s Fire Chief.

Snow, below-freezing temps make roads slick in area

Wichita Eagle – November 17, 2014
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Driver crashes into restaurant

Garden City Telegram – November 18, 2014
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The Garden City Fire Department and Police Department responded to a single-car accident in which a vehicle crashed into a building Monday night.

The accident occurred at Cao Thanh Vietnamese Restaurant located on the 400 block of East Kansas Ave. shortly before 8 p.m.

According to GCPD Senior Master Patrol Officer Troy Davis, the car skidded from the Presto Gas Station across Kansas Avenue, through a yard, hitting a dumpster before striking a column on the front of the restaurant. The collision caused structural damage to both the vehicle and the building.

EMS was dispatched to the scene to check the driver for injuries, but neither the driver nor the people inside the restaurant required any medical treatment.

The cause of the accident was not known at press time. GCPD continues to investigate.

Raising our flag high

Garden City Telegram – November 18, 2014
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Garden City Fire Department’s Josh Woolsey holds the flag as Jacob Gonzales raises it in the Golden Corral parking lot Monday afternoon. The flag display was part of the restaurants’ celebration of Veterans Day last week.