Archive for Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Basehor man in fair condition after vehicle strikes retail building south of 24-40

November 15, 2011

A Basehor man was in fair condition Tuesday at a local hospital following an accident in which his vehicle struck a building about 50 feet away from the Basehor highway on which he was driving.

Matthew R. Moss, 36, was driving a 2009 Dodge truck about 8:15 a.m. Monday west on U.S. Highway 24-40 through Basehor when he crossed the center median near 155th Street, according to Kansas Highway Patrol reports.

Basehor Police Chief Lloyd Martley said the car then crossed the eastbound lanes of the four-lane highway, drove into and out of a ditch south of the road, struck a tree, drove westward through a portion of parking lot and jumped several curbs before striking an empty retail building on Pinehurst Drive.

Moss told officers afterward that he may have fallen asleep at the wheel, Martley said, but it’s rare for a driver to venture that far off the road while asleep.

“He traveled quite a ways off the road,” Martley said.

The cause of the accident is under investigation, Martley said.

The building he struck, at 15630 Pinehurst Dr., is a new retail center that is not yet occupied by any businesses. Martley said the vehicle had broken a window and knocked off some bricks from the building but did not cause any structural damage.

After the accident, Moss was taken to Kansas University Hospital where he remained in fair condition Tuesday, a hospital official there said.

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