Archive for Thursday, July 13, 2006

Head-on collision kills 2 on highway

July 13, 2006

Amy Malsbury had just left Lansing on Sunday night, when she was startled by what she saw on U.S. Highway 73.

Headlights were coming at her from a vehicle traveling the wrong way in the southbound lanes of the divided highway.

"The vehicle was in the left (east) lane while I was still in the right-hand lane," Malsbury recalled Monday. "As the vehicle got closer, I began to honk my horn. The vehicle then swerved at me, crossing over into my lane, then swerved back."

Malsbury drove on after just missing being hit.

Moments later, however, disaster would not be avoided.

The Kansas Highway Patrol said the pickup traveling the wrong way struck a southbound sport utility vehicle about 9:20 p.m. Sunday. The crash left two people dead, including the pickup driver.

The pickup's driver, James A. Norwood, 44, Leavenworth, and John Felton Bridgewater, 28, Kansas City, Kan., were pronounced dead at the scene, a patrol dispatcher said.

According to the patrol, the accident occurred just south of the Leavenworth County-Wyandotte County line at Marxen Road.

Bridgewater was a passenger in the Ford SUV driven by 28-year-old Valerie Nearing of Lansing, who was taken to University of Kansas Hospital, in Kansas City, Kan. Bob Hallanan, a hospital spokesman, said Wednesday Nearing was listed in fair condition. The patrol said another of Nearing's passengers, Marcus Hullaby, 23, Kansas City, Mo., was taken to St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., but a spokesman there said she could find no record of Hullaby there.

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