Archive for Monday, July 10, 2006

Two die in U.S. 73 accident

Driver was headed wrong way on highway

July 10, 2006, 9:34 a.m.

Updated: July 10, 2006, 5:14 p.m.

Two people are dead after a head-on collision Sunday night south of Lansing.

The Kansas Highway Patrol on Monday afternoon identified the deceased as James A. Norwood, 44, Leavenworth, and John Felton Bridgewater, 28, Kansas City, Kan. The two were pronounced dead at the scene, a patrol dispatcher said.

According to the patrol, the accident occurred at 9:20 p.m. on U.S. Highway 73 at milepost 22, which is just south of the Leavenworth County-Wyandotte County line.

The patrol said the truck driven by Norwood was traveling the wrong way in the southbound lanes when it struck a Ford SUV driven by 28-year-old Valerie Nearing of Lansing.

Nearing's vehicle had two passengers, Bridgewater and 23-year-old Marcus Hullaby of Kansas City, Kan. Both Nearing and Hullaby had to be extracted from the vehicle by emergency workers and were transported via air ambulance to Kansas City-area hospitals.

Nearing was taken to University of Kansas Hospital, in Kansas City, Kan., where she was listed Monday afternoon in fair condition. The report said Hullaby was taken to St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., but a spokesman there said she could find no record of Hullaby being treated there.

The report said neither of the deceased men had been wearing seatbelts.

For more on Sunday's wreck, check back at lansingcurrent.com and pick up Thursday's Current.

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