Archive for Thursday, April 20, 2006

2 Linwood men killed in separate acccidents

April 20, 2006

Two young Linwood men have died in the past week in traffic accidents.

Early last Friday, 28-year-old Justin L. Coffman was killed when a tractor-trailer struck his car on Kansas Highway 10. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, Coffman was driving a 1994 Toyota Camry east on K-10 when the truck, which was heading west, crossed over the median into oncoming traffic, rolled onto its side and struck Coffman's car. Highway patrol reports said it's unclear why the truck left its lanes of traffic.

The truck driver, Ernest H. Martin, 59, South Greenfield, Mo., was taken to Overland Park Regional Medical Center, where he was treated and released, according to hospital officials.

Patrol reports said it wasn't clear whether Martin was wearing a seatbelt, while Coffman was not wearing a seatbelt.

The accident occurred about 6:50 a.m. Friday, about two miles east of the intersection of K-10 and Kansas Highway 7.

And early Wednesday morning, Chad M. Taylor, 26, died when he was driving his 2003 Ducati motorcycle on Interstate 470, just west of Colbern Road, in Jackson County, Mo. The Missouri Highway Patrol said Taylor apparently missed a curve and struck a road sign.

That accident occurred about 2:55 a.m. Wednesday.

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