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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Two injured in head-on crash

Posted: December 2, 2012 - 6:16am
Updated: December 2, 2012 - 6:34am

Leavenworth County authorities are investigating after two vehicles collided head-on this morning south of Tonganoxie.

The accident was reported around 5:15 a.m. on U.S. Highway 24-40, also known as Chieftain Road, just to the south of 222nd Street. The crash scene was approximately one mile south of Tonganoxie.

First responders arrived at the scene to report two trucks were involved and both had sustained heavy damage. Each vehicle was said to have been occupied by only a driver. Crews had to extricate both men from their trucks.

A responding EMS unit reported thick fog with visibility of under 0.25 miles. Due to the decreased visibility, one medic unit was dispatched to respond from Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical. That Lawrence medic unit was cancelled prior to their arrival at the scene.

Officials say the injuries are serious and both men have been transported to a Kansas City area trauma center.

Initial reports indicate that one man was wearing a seat belt, the other was not. It is estimated that both trucks were traveling at approximately 50 miles per hour when they collided head-on.

Officials are working to determine what led up to the accident and what role the weather may have played. As standard procedure, authorities are also investigating if either driver was possibly intoxicated.

U.S. Highway 24-40 was shut down to all traffic while crews were on the scene. As of 6:30 a.m., there has been no official confirmation as to whether or not the roadway has reopened.

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