Article updated at 3:19 p.m. Sunday:
A passerby who stopped at the scene of a crash on Kansas Highway 10 was struck by a vehicle and seriously injured Sunday morning, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
Two vehicles were involved in a rear-end accident at 5:49 a.m. Sunday on westbound K-10 between East 1900 Road and East 23rd Street outside Lawrence. One of the vehicles became disabled and was stalled in the roadway, sheriff’s office spokesperson George Diepenbrock said via email.
The passerby who had stopped exited his vehicle and was struck by another approaching vehicle that was trying to avoid the stalled one in the roadway, Diepenbrock said.
That person was taken to Overland Park Regional Medical Center with serious injuries, Diepenbrock said. One of the people involved in the initial crash also sought treatment at LMH Health, but was not transported there by medics.
The westbound part of the highway was closed for several hours for the investigation, but it reopened at 12:45 p.m., Diepenbrock said.