UPDATED: May 9, 2009, 9:47 PM CST,
KFDI reports witnesses tell what caused the first of two accidents that caused a woman’s death and left her 9-year old daughter unharmed at the 1st Street exit.
UPDATED: May 7, 2009, 5:06 PM CST
KFDI Update from their news reporters Josh Wells and Jon Wright. There is a video to go with their news article. If you click on the link to see the video, let the first video run through or click on the link for the I-135 Fatal Crash.
KFDI News; http://news.kfdi.com/News/Story/tabid/5154/story/32445/Default.aspx
Original Article Below
This morning on I-35 Northbound in Wichita, Kansas, there were two separate traffic accidents. The two traffic accidents occurred at two different locations on the I-35 corridor through Wichita, Kansas.
The first accident occurred at the on and off ramps of Kellogg and 1st/2nd streets. The off ramp of Kellogg continues as the on ramp for 1st/2nd streets in this exchange location. The white four door vehicle was on it’s top blocking this on and off ramp location. I do not know the time of this accident. However, KWCH, Channel 12, news team was arriving on the scene of this accident around 9:30 am. After checking on Twitter for Updates on this accident from KWCH or KFDI, KFDI reports this accident has one fatality.
The state work crews had placed signs out on I-35 at about the Hydraulic exit in the south part of the city warning of this accident. The state work crews had trucks out directing people to move over to the right hand lane to make an exit along any of the three exits from Harry to Kellogg.
At this time, I took the Harry Street exit to be able to get my daughter to class at WSU on time. I turned onto Hillside to go north. Once I made it to the Kellogg Flyover exit onto Hillside, the traffic that was being redirected from I-35 was now entering Hillside. This traffic caused major congestion from Kellogg to approximately 9th Street in Wichita.
Other motorists were exiting off of Hillside to find different routes to their destinations due to the high volume of traffic now on Hillside. It too my daughter and myself close to 15 minutes to drive from the Kellogg and Hillside are to 9th and Hillside. Once we were past 9th Street, traffic opened up until about 15th Street where tree trimming crews had closed the right lane of Hillside northbound to work. This caused further congestion on Hillside.
The second accident that occurred on I-35 happened sometime after my daughter and I exited the Interstate. This was a three car pile up due to people not heading the two to three mile stretch of warning signs about an accident ahead. A white older model truck rear ended another car moving Northbound on I-35 causing the second injury accident on I-35.
I know the driver of the car in front of the white truck had injuries. I saw the fire department removing the driver of the car while I was driving southbound on I-35. They had the driver in a neck brace and on a back board when I saw them taking the person from the car. I do not know if there were or what kind of injuries the person driving the white truck or other vehicle had. I didn’t see any emergency crew members around those vehicles. There were fire engines, ambulances, police officers, and state crew workers in the area.
The state crew workers were still in the area diverting traffic from I-35 at the time of the second accident. The white SUV or van was still on its top at the time of the second accident. The second accident occurred between 9 am and 9:35 am.
NOTE: If you click on the link pertaining to the I-35 fatality, it will lead you to a blank news page at the time of this linking to my story. And the Harry accident happened in the northbound lanes of I-35 south of the first accident I mentioned.