Man killed in Douglas County crash was 28-year-old from Overland Park

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Abraham Blanco, 28, of Overland Park, was the man killed in a crash Saturday afternoon in Douglas County, south of Lawrence, according to the sheriff’s office.


The crash, which involved a John Deere combine and a Dodge Ram pickup truck, occurred at 4:26 p.m. Saturday in the 500 block of East 1100 Road.

“According to preliminary investigation, the driver of the southbound pickup truck veered into oncoming traffic and struck the northbound combine in the northbound lane,” George Diepenbrock, spokesperson for the sheriff’s office, said via email Monday.

Blanco, who was driving the pickup, died from injuries at the scene, Diepenbrock said.

“The driver of the combine, a 54-year-old rural Baldwin City man, was able to remove the passenger, a 5-year-old boy from the pickup truck,” Diepenbrock said. ‘The boy was transported by ambulance to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., with injuries not believed to be life threatening. The combine’s driver suffered injuries but was not transported from the scene.”

The DGSO accident reconstruction team is conducting a full investigation of the circumstances of the crash, Diepenbrock said.

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