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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Two injured in rollover accident on Interstate 70

Posted: January 17, 2013 - 2:34am
Updated: January 17, 2013 - 3:00am

The Kansas Highway Patrol is investigating following a one vehicle accident on the Interstate 70 Turnpike in Lawrence this morning.

The accident was reported shortly before 2 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 near mile marker 201.2, between the west and east Lawrence interchanges. Troopers reported one vehicle rolled over and came to rest on its top.

Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical units arrived on the scene to report only one vehicle involved, which had sustained heavy damage.

Initially two helicopters were requested to the scene. The second helicopter, based southeast of Kansas City, was canceled after reporting an estimate of nearly 30 minutes to arrive on the scene.

A Lawrence fire unit established a safe landing zone for the LifeStar helicopter in the Hallmark Cards production center parking lot, 101 McDonald Drive.

A male and a female, both in their early 20's, were said to have suffered serious injuries. The male possibly had a broken leg, and the female who was transported by LifeStar air-ambulance was said to have a head injury. Their injuries were said to be serious but not immediately life threatening.

The female was said to be wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, it is unclear if the male was wearing a seat belt.

The accident remains under investigation.

Report from Operation 100 News' reporting partners at the Lawrence Journal-World.

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