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Highway 54 Reopens After Late Afternoon Crash:UPDATE
02/07/2013

 

UPDATE: 10:45pm

A three vehicle crash has sent two Liberal men to the hospital. At approximately 3:55pm Thursday afternoon, a 2001 Chevy Tahoe being driven by Omar Aleman. 19, of Liberal and a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am, being driven by Fransisco Imul-Batz, 36, also of Liberal, were traveling East on Highway 54 at the 8th Street intersection, when they stopped to make a left hand turn onto 8th Street. As they were waiting there, a 2007 Freightliner Semi being driven by Terry Adams, 52, of Necedah Wisconsin, approached the Aleman vehicle, striking it in the rear, which in turn struck the Imul-Batz Grand Am. The Freightliner came to rest east of intersection on westbound shoulder.Aleman's Tahoe  came to rest in northwest ditch and The Imul-Batz Pontiac came to rest on eastbound shoulder of US 54. Both Aleman and Imul-Batz were taken to Southwest Medical Center to be treated for their injuries. Adams was not injured. Seatbelts were in use in all three vehicles. Highway 54 was closed down for  3 1/2 hours because of the accident.

UPDATE 7:45pm

Highway 54 in Seward County has reopened after being closed due to a traffic accident Thursday afternoon.

Both lanes of Highway 54, about a mile east of Liberal, were reopened around 7:30 p.m.

The Kansas Highway Patrol has not released details surrounding the accident. It is not yet known if there were any injuries.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, U.S. 54 was closed in both directions about a mile east of Liberal in Seward County. The accident happened around 4 p.m this afternoon.

Traffic was being redirected at the U.S. 54/U.S. 83 junction.

Continue to check back for updates.

 

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Legion71 02/08/2013 6:24 AM
And this is why for the last 20 years I have been saying they need a dedicated turn lane away from the main highway somehow. I cant mention all the times I have felt like I would have been rammed if I did try and make it across. This road is too dangerous. Then again, the City of Liberal never wants to make any changes, so more people will just continue to have accidents and possible fatalites.
Don679 02/08/2013 11:28 AM
yep, its the age old question of whos going to pay for it? when the city itself is rolling in money from sales tax, property tax on vehicles-that may go to the county but it is still the highest in the state-and the extreme amounts of bogus traffic citations being issued every single day. This reminds me of the 4 way stop at 2nd&Western. A traffic device of some type was needed there for as long as i could remember before and when i was attending school there and was only done after 3 serious accidents and a lawsuit. This city collects an extreme amount of money on a daily basis but refuses to spend it to help grow the towns economy. if National Beef ever closes this town is screwed.



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