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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Serious injuries reported in separate JoCo crashes

Posted: November 13, 2013 - 3:48am
Updated: November 13, 2013 - 4:24am

One man critically injured in car vs. tree crash

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Lenexa Police are investigating two serious injury accidents this morning.

The first crash was reported to authorities just after 1:45 a.m. Wednesday, in the area of 79th Street and Pflumm Road. Officers arrived at the scene quickly and located a vehicle that had left the south side of 79th Street and struck a tree. The driver of the vehicle was unresponsive, still inside the car.

Lenexa firefighters extricated the driver from the vehicle and he was transported by Johnson County Med-Act to an area trauma center. The driver was only described as a male with critical injuries. He was not believed to have been wearing a seat belt when the accident occurred.

Police say the man's injuries are life threatening. Officers continue to investigate what cause the accident.

The scene was on the south side of 79th Street, between Pflumm Road and Noland Road. Officers closed 79th Street to all traffic while crews worked the scene. The road was reopened to all traffic around 3:30 a.m..

Man seriously injured in single vehicle rollover

Emergency crews were called to a second accident in the area of 87th Street and Woodland Road around 2 a.m. Wednesday. This scene is about five miles from the first scene.

A caller reported a vehicle had rolled over on the 87th Street bridge that goes over the railroad tracks, just east of Woodland Road. Again, officers arrived quickly and found the vehicle had came to rest on its side
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and blocking both eastbound lanes.

As Lenexa Fire and Johnson County Med-Act arrived at the scene 87th Street was completely shutdown.

A witness tells Operation 100 News that the vehicle way laying on its passenger side and the driver was held in place by his seat belt. "The truck smelled of alcohol," according to the witness.

Firefighters worked for about 15 minutes to stabilize the vehicle and safely remove the driver.

Johnson County Med-Act transported the man, said to be in his 30's, to an area trauma center with serious injuries. Police say the man's injuries are serious but, not immediately life threatening. Officers continue to investigate what caused the accident and if alcohol may have been a contributing factor.

All lanes of 87th Street were reopened as the scene was cleaned up, around 3:30 a.m..

Shawnee Police assisted with blocking off 87th Street during the initial response to the crash.

Stay with Operation 100 News on this blog and on Twitter for the latest details on both of these crashes, as they become available. Remember where you heard this news first, Operation 100 News, reporting the news to the public as it breaks.

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