an killed in traffic accident
Sheriff’s Department investigating fatal wreck in Basehor
A traffic accident Saturday, March 8, in Basehor cost one man his life and sent another man to the emergency room.
Blaine E. Reed, 35, Tonganoxie, was flown by emergency helicopter to KU Medical Center where he died later that evening.
A second driver, Ronald W. Richardson, 54, Basehor, received burns to the upper body and minor injuries. He was taken by paramedics to KU Medical Center but released from care Monday.
Reed was driving his Jeep Cherokee westbound Saturday evening.
According to the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Department, he failed to stop for a red light and entered the intersection of 155th Street and Kansas Highway 24/40.
Richardson was in a Ford truck heading southbound on 155th Street and entered the intersection under a green light.
After the collision, gas from the fuel tank in Richardson's vehicle spilled onto the pavement and caught fire
An officer from the Basehor Police Department arrived at the scene and with the aid of a volunteer firefighter, extinguished the fire.
"(The fire) made a pretty good scorch on the pavement," said Mark Linville, public information officer for the Fairmount Township Fire Department firefighter.
The sheriff's department is investigating whether alcohol played a role in the Saturday evening accident.