Archive for Wednesday, March 1, 2006

THS grad at med center following accident

March 1, 2006

A 2005 Tonganoxie High School graduate was listed in critical condition Tuesday, following an accident last week during which her vehicle came to rest upside down in a creek bed south of Reno.

Shadoe Barton, an 18-year-old Kansas University freshman, was driving north on U.S. Highway 24-40 near 243rd Street, or County Road 27, when she tried to pass a dump truck, Kansas Highway Patrol reports said.

Barton's 1996 Dodge Neon left the road and landed upside down in the creek bed, which contained some standing water.

She was wearing her seatbelt at the time of the accident, which occurred about 3 p.m. Thursday, reports said. Reno Township and Tonganoxie city firefighters responded to the accident and extricated her. Baton was taken by air ambulance to the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan.

THS instructor Steve Harrell said Monday that Barton was on her way to help judge at the league forensics tournament in Lansing when the accident occurred.

Harrell was Barton's forensics coach throughout high school. He also worked with her on many high school theater productions.

While at THS, Barton placed at state forensics and qualified twice for a national tournament.

Learning of her accident while at the tournament left Harrell "pretty shook up," he said.

As is usually the case with any school club or team, Harrell said the people involved develop quite a bond.

"It's a family kind of thing," Harrell said.

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