Archive for Wednesday, October 2, 2002

Basehor resident, trooper recovering from wreck

October 2, 2002

A collision Tuesday morning between a Kansas Highway Patrol car and a pickup truck on U.S. Highway 24-40 east of Tonganoxie landed both drivers at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

But by early afternoon, the driver of the patrol car, trooper Mark Christiansen, 27, Tonganoxie, had been treated and released. Christiansen had been flown by Life Flight helicopter to the medical center in Kansas City, Kan.

And, an official at the hospital said Leo Kreuter, 76, Basehor, who had been taken to the medical center by ambulance, was in fair condition and likely to be released Tuesday.

The accident occurred shortly before 8 a.m. at the intersection of U.S. Highway 24-40 and 166th Street as Kreuter attempted to cross the highway's westbound lanes and did not see the patrol car approaching.

Sgt. Steve Jensen, KHP public resource officer, said Christiansen was traveling west on his way to give backup to a Leavenworth County sheriff's deputy who had stopped two cars near Tonganoxie.

"It is unknown how fast he was going or whether his lights and siren were on," Jensen said at the scene.

Jensen said he thought the truck collided with the front end of the patrol car. It's likely the highway patrol car spun around before landing to the north side of the highway, Jensen said.

"The trooper was conscious," Jensen said. " He was talking to the officers and was pretty coherent."

Christiansen was flown to the medical center as a cautionary measure, Jensen said.

The accident was investigated by Kansas Highway Patrol officers who worked to reconstruct the accident scene into the afternoon on Tuesday.

"Any time if we have a serious-type crash like this, we always want to know what happens," Jensen said.

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