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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Lawrence man killed in K-10 crossover accident

Posted: October 2, 2013 - 12:21am
Updated: October 2, 2013 - 12:43am

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One person was killed in a four vehicle accident on Kansas Highway 10 in Lenexa, early Tuesday evening.

Kansas Highway Patrol Troopers say the accident occurred at approximately 4:50 p.m. on K-10 in between Renner Boulevard and Ridgeview Road in Lenexa.

Troopers say a 2006 Ford Passenger Van sideswiped a 1983 Dodge Pickup while both were traveling eastbound on K-10. The collision caused the truck's driver to lose control and the truck began to spin. The spinning truck crossed the grassy median and entered the westbound lanes of traffic.

A westbound 2010 Dodge Pickup struck the driver's door of the out of control truck. The westbound truck was then struck on the passenger's side by a westbound 2001 Lexus SUV.

The driver of the 1983 Dodge Pickup that crossed the median and was struck in the driver's door, was pronounced dead at an area hospital.

The Kansas Highway Patrol has identified the driver that was killed as, 52-year-old, Randy R. Schimmel of Lawrence. Troopers say Schimmel was not wearing a seat belt.

The 2006 Ford Passenger Van was driven by a 27-year-old, Raytown, Missouri man. He was not injured and Troopers say he was not wearing a seat belt. The 2010 Dodge pickup was being driven by a 42-year-old, Lenexa man and the 2001 Lexus SUV was driven by a 55-year-old, Shawnee woman. Both of these drivers did not report any injuries and were wearing seat belts.

A fifth vehicle, an Acura passenger car, swerved off of the right shoulder of the highway to avoid the accident. That vehicle did not make contact with any other vehicles and the driver was not injured or identified.

During the crash investigation and clean up, all lanes of K-10 were closed in both directions. The highway was reopened to normal traffic shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday.

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