and passenger walked away with no serious injuries after the
collision of two vehicles at the intersection of U.S. 75 and
K-268 highways just after 5 p.m. Friday.
A two-car accident at the intersection of U.S. Highway 75
and state Highway 268 Friday almost mirrored a fatality accident
that happened at the intersection in August, except injuries
to those involved were minor.
According to a report by the Osage County Sheriff’s Office,
the March 5 accident happened at 5:07 p.m. after a westbound
1995 GMC pickup driven by Kimberly Jenkins, 46, Osage City,
entered the intersection and was struck broadside by a northbound
2002 Corvette driven by Kathryn Mickelson, 53, Lyndon. Both
vehicles came to rest north of the intersection in opposite
Although Jenkins was reported to have been partially ejected,
neither she, Mickelson, or Michelson’s passenger, Robert
Mickelson, 54, Lyndon, sustained serious injuries. Osage County
Sheriff Laurie Dunn said that a helicopter ambulance was called
to the scene, but left without landing after it was determined
there were no serious injuries to the drivers or passenger.
All three declined to be transported to the hospital, Dunn said.
According to the accident report, Jenkins was cited for failure
to yield right-of-way and not wearing a seatbelt. The Mickelsons
were both using seatbelts at the time of the accident.
Both vehicles were extensively damaged in the crash and were
towed from the scene.
In the Aug. 11 accident, Kerensa Kaye Ward, 16, Vassar, was
killed after she failed to yield to a northbound pickup, which
struck Ward’s vehicle on the driver’s side.
Ward’s death brought forth a public outcry for changes
to make the intersection safer. A subsequent study by Kansas
Department of Transportation resulted in a recommendation announced
in October to construct a roundabout at the site. At the time,
it was noted KDOT had funds available for high-accident areas,
but the deputy secretary of transportation would make the final
decision on which projects would be funded.
Kimberly Qualls, KDOT’s northeast Kansas public affairs
manager, reported Tuesday that design plans are underway for
the intersection roundabout project and survey work is currently
being done. Qualls said the roundabout project is scheduled
for bid letting in April 2011, and the project is currently
funded for construction, but funding is dependent on federal