Four injured in accident
Four area residents were injured in a three-vehicle accident last Wednesday afternoon at Second Street and U.S. Highway 24-40.
According to police Sgt. John Putthoff, a van driven by Judy Hupe, 28, Tonganoxie, was traveling west on Second Street about 3:15 p.m. when she ran the stop sign at the highway. Her vehicle collided with a truck drive by Tommy Habegger, 33, rural Tonganoxie. That truck then collided with a small pickup truck driven by Larry Drew, 64, Tonganoxie.
Although five young children were passengers in Hupes van, none of them was injured, police said.
But Habegger was to taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released. And Drew, as well as his passengers, Laurie Earlenbaugh, 14, and Jason Drew, 12, both of Tonganoxie, were taken by ambulance to Providence Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., where they were treated and released.
The investigation into the accident is continuing, and no decision has been made on issuing citations, according to police officer Brian Daily.
For Tonganoxie school crossing guard Donna Drinnon, the accident underscored the need for drivers increased awareness in school zones.
Luckily, there were no kids coming and I wasnt out there, said Drinnon, who has helped children cross the highway and Second Street since the beginning of the school year.
The highway was closed at the accident site for about 45 minutes.