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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Rollover accident kills one near Leavenworth and Jefferson County line

Posted: January 6, 2013 - 5:07am
Updated: January 6, 2013 - 4:42pm

Emergency crews from Leavenworth and Jefferson Counties were dispatched on a possible fatality accident in the 25000 block of Ragtown Road in western Leavenworth county around 4:45 Sunday morning. The accident scene is about three miles northeast of McLouth or approximately six miles to the northwest of Tonganoxie.

First responders from Union Township of Jefferson County were first to arrive on the scene and reported a person, possibly deceased, pinned under an overturned vehicle.

Late Sunday afternoon, Leavenworth County Sheriff's Deputies tell Operation 100 News a 25-year-old man from rural Jefferson County was killed in this morning's accident.

Deputies say the 25-year-old man was a passenger in a vehicle driven by an 18-year-old man from the Topeka area. The vehicle, for an unknown reason, left the roadway and overturned east of 251st Street on Ragtown Road.

The 25-year-old was killed in the accident, the driver sustained only minor injuries and was cooperating with the investigation. Deputies say the driver is not being held in custody as the investigation continues.

Deputies continue to investigate if drugs or alcohol played a role in the accident's cause. The man killed in the accident has not been officially identified as of late Sunday afternoon.

Operation 100 News reported this story on Twitter at 4:56 a.m., followed by this full report at 5:07 a.m., and mention in my "Early Morning wrap-up" blog entry on the Lawrence Journal-World at 7:04 a.m.. No mention of this story from any other media until the evening reports at five. Remember where you heard this news first, Operation 100 News, reporting the news to the public as it breaks.

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