Archive for April, 2014

Kudos to area emergency personnel

By Karen LaPierre
Great Bend Tribune – April 30, 2014

The wind was blowing seemingly from all directions on Monday, and it was exceedingly unpleasant in town. Highway conditions were dangerous and ten cars had crashed with multiple injuries. More travelers were in ditches.
The highway was promptly closed and traffic redirected.
Despite the terrible dust storm that covered U.S. Highway 56 in southwest Barton County, our emergency personnel headed in the storm in an effort to keep people safe and assist those who were injured.
It was not a nice afternoon to respond to the call. In fact, even arriving at the location of the wrecks must have been no easy task. It sure would have been a lot easier to sit the office and look out the window.
Imagine standing in that dust, much less trying to work. They could have said, “It’s too dangerous, let’s wait.”
Heading out into a storm where one can’t see the end of the hood of one’s own car takes courage.
Our law enforcement, fire fighters, and Emergency Medical Services personnel responded. And when they returned home from their task, there probably wasn’t an inch of skin that wasn’t sand blasted with gritty eyes and dust-filled ears.
Undoubtedly, they would say they were doing their job.
But, additional lives could have been lost without the prompt response.
Kudos to them on a job well done.

Karen La Pierre

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

Two-car wreck near Highland Park snares traffic

By Corey Jones
Topeka Capital Journal – April 30, 2014

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A two-vehicle wreck Wednesday afternoon near Highland Park High School before classes were dismissed for the day snarled traffic in the area.

Emergency personnel responded around 2:40 p.m. to S.E. 25th and California on a report of a three-vehicle wreck. Crews arrived to find two cars were involved. Authorities didn’t believe there to be any significant injuries.

A Topeka police officer said a blue four-door car was eastbound on S.E. 25th and a red four-door passenger car was southbound on S.E. California when the two collided.

One of the vehicles failed to yield at the lighted intersection, the officer said. Police were attempting to determine which vehicle it was.

A person in the blue car suffered a possible leg injury, the officer said. Another person complained of head pain.

There were two occupants in the blue car and one in the red car. Two of the people were taken to a local hospital to be evaluated.

The red car came to rest partially on the curb facing south in the northbound lanes. The blue car faced south in the southbound lanes.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

2 Hurt When Truck Goes Off I-70 In Topeka

By Nick Viviani
WIBW – April 30, 2014

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Two people were hurt when their truck spilled into a ravine off of I-70 Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.
They were both taken to the hospital with what were described as non-life-threatening injuries. Neither have been identified.
The truck went off of the eastbound lanes of the Interstate just west of the Fairlawn Rd. exit.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

Heavy Damage At Osage Co. House Fire | Multiple Depts. Respond

By Nick Viviani
WIBW – April 30, 2014


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All photos by Eric Ives. Click on each photo to view full-size image.

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Several fire departments responded to a large house fire in Osage Co.
Authorities said they were first called to the home in the 5800 block of W. 117th Street about 3:15 p.m.
So far, the Burlingame, Carbondale, and Auburn fire departments have all sent crews to the house.
No word yet on injuries at the scene.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

Simulated crash gets students’ attention

By Phil Anderson
Topeka Capital Journal – April 30, 2014

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Though a fatal car-pedestrian accident Wednesday morning outside Highland Park High School was only a re-enactment, the safety message that organizers hoped to achieve came through loud and clear for several hundred students who looked on from bleachers that were set up for the event.

The scenario, which was devised by Highland Park students in cooperation with school resource officer Larry Gonzales, had two students hit by a car as they crossed the 2100 block of S.E. 25th — just south of the school.

The driver of the silver Mitsubishi Eclipse convertible — portrayed by senior Logan Flowers — was said to have been sending a text message on his phone at the time of the accident.

The Mitsubishi struck two students who were walking across S.E. 25th in the middle of the block. The first student, portrayed by senior Kameron Clark, was killed in the mock accident, while classmate Corey Jackson was critically injured.

Four Topeka Metro buses were parked in front of the accident scene, obstructing the view of students as they filed into the portable, aluminum bleachers. When all the students had been seated, the buses pulled away, revealing the carnage on the street in front of them.

Students saw Clark lying on his back in front of the stationary car, while Jackson’s head and shoulders were underneath the rear portion of the vehicle.

A couple of students rushed to the sides of both Clark and Jackson and waited with them until first responders arrived.

Personnel from the Topeka Police Department, the Topeka Fire Department, American Medical Response and First Call transportation services all took part in the exercise.

Clark said the re-enactment, which included a fair amount of simulated blood on the victims and on the street pavement, provided a graphic example of what can happen when drivers — and pedestrians — aren’t paying attention to their surroundings.

“You can talk about things as adults, but kids need to see it,” Clark said. “Sometimes, you can scare people into doing the right thing.”

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

Highway Patrol works fatal crash near Greensburg

Hutchinson News – April 30, 2014

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Photo by Sandra Milburn. Click on photo to view full-size image.

The Kansas Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal collision in Kiowa County just west of Greensburg that occurred early Wednesday morning.

Authorities aren’t sure when the collision at the intersection of U.S. 54 and U.S. 183 occurred, a highway patrol dispatcher said, but someone called 911 at about 3:45 a.m.

Reports indicate two people from Oklahoma died in the collision, according to the Kiowa County sheriff. A man driving a Fed Ex truck was treated and released from the hospital.

All the boxes in the truck fell out of the truck and are scattered around the area.

At noon Wednesday, several troopers and law enforcement still were working the scene of the collision, though both U.S. 54 and U.S. 183 are open for traffic.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster

1 dead, others hurt in Kansas accident involving Greyhound bus

KAKE – April 30, 2014

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Photo by Gretchen Hafliger. Click on photo to view full-size image.

A passenger bus collided with a pickup truck in western Kansas, killing one person in the pickup and injuring several people on the bus.

The patrol says the accident happened early Wednesday as the Greyhound bus and pickup truck were headed east on Interstate 70 in Trego County.

Patrol spokesman Tod Hileman says investigators are working to determine what caused the accident. He says the victim was in the pickup, which was also hauling a trailer. The victim’s identity hasn’t been released.

Greyhound spokeswoman Lanesha Gipson says the bus was headed from Denver to Kansas City, carrying 42 people, including the driver. Gipson says 16 people on the bus were transported to hospitals, and three remained hospitalized later Wednesday.

Greyhound sent another bus to pick up the passengers.

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster