Jeremy Gaston/Herald-Chronicle
The drivers 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 ditches.

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 dollars.