Article updated at 4:03 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1:
A person was killed in a single-vehicle crash on the exit ramp from westbound Kansas Highway 10 to 23rd Street outside of Lawrence Monday morning.
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the crash just after 3 a.m. Monday, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. They determined that the fatal crash involved the vehicle’s sole occupant.
“Preliminary investigation reveals the driver of a westbound Chevrolet Impala failed to negotiate the curve at the 23rd Street exit and entered the west ditch,” according to a second news release from the sheriff’s office, sent Monday afternoon. “The vehicle struck a bridge pillar on the driver’s side. Medics pronounced the driver and only occupant of the vehicle deceased at the scene.”
The sheriff’s office was unable to release the identity of the driver as of just before 4 p.m. Monday.
A second fatal crash occurred around 10:50 a.m. Monday on eastbound K-10, between Lawrence and Eudora.
“The investigations into each crash by deputies with the Accident Reconstruction Team are still ongoing, and further information won’t be available until the accident reports are complete,” George Diepenbrock, spokesperson for the sheriff’s office, said via email Monday afternoon. “The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office offers condolences to friends and family members of the individuals in both fatality crashes.”