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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Eudora cement mixer accident on K-10, August 25th

According to a preliminary accident report filed by the Kansas Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at approximately 3:50 p.m. in the westbound lanes of K-10 at mile marker 10.8 in Eudora.

A Tonganoxie man, 44 year-old, Richard Vandruff was driving a 2008 Mack cement mixer which blew a  tire causing Vandruff to lose control. The report states that the truck swerved onto the north shoulder then veered across lanes into the median and then rolled onto it's side while trying to veer back onto the roadway. The vehicle came to rest on its passenger side.

Eastbound and westbound lanes of K-10 were closed while emergency crews worked the scene and traffic was forced to find an alternate route, many traveling through Eudora.

The cement mixer driven by Mr. Vandruff, was the only vehicle involved and he was the lone occupant of the truck. Eudora along with Lawrence Fire Department personnel worked for approximately 45 minutes to free Vandruff from the cab of the truck.

A LifeFlight Eagle Helicopter, out of the Kansas City area, transported Vandruff to a Kansas City area trauma center. At the time of transport, his injuries were described as serious. No further updates of his condition have been made available at the time of this report.

The Kansas Highway Patrol's Commercial Vehicle Accident Reconstruction Team investigated the accident.

Information above was provided by the Kansas Highway Patrol.

All lanes of eastbound and westbound K-10 were reopened just before 10:15 p.m. after being closed for nearly six hours.

This accident was the last of three accidents in Douglas County on Thursday. For information on the other accidents, visit the Lawrence Journal World.
Three serious injury accidents in Douglas County
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