4 Injured in Car Accident That Closes Wanamaker For An Hour

By: Brian Dorman Email
By: Brian Dorman Email

A multiple car accident on Wanamaker near Best Buy and the Conoco Station caused Topeka Police to close both north and south bound lanes of Wanamaker late Saturday night, for about an hour.

Police say the accident happened around 11:40PM when a newer model black Mazda was driving northbound on Wanamaker when it struck an older model Toyota that was pulling out of the Best Buy/Taco Bell exit onto Wanamaker. The passenger of that Toyota had to be extricated from the vehicle with the Jaws-Of-Life.

There were four victims total between the two vehicles all transported to area hospital with what are being described as non-life-threatening injuries.

Moments after that accident occurred another injury accident between a small pick-up truck and a motorcycle occurred just past that intersection on Wanamaker in front of Taco Bell.

The motorcycle was slowing down near the intersection of the accident scene when a small white pick-up truck hit it from behind. The male driver who is reported to have not had a helmet on at the time was not injured in the accident. His female passenger on the back who was also not wearing a helmet was transported to an area hospital with also what is being described as non-life threatening injuries. The drive of the pick-up truck was shaken in the accident but uninjured.

The mother of the victim on the back of the motorcycle contact 13 News and said her 18-year-old daughter was released from the hospital this morning and will be okay.

The mother of the victim driving the Toyota also contact 13 News and said those that were in her sons' car have also been released from the hospital and will be okay.

All victims are described by Topeka Police as teenagers.

Moments after both collisions Wanamaker was lines with pedestrians from the typical Saturday night crowds that gather, those leaving Wal-Mart and also from area businesses. Police estimate that there at one point was over 300 people along the roadway.

Many were on cell phones, others crying and hugging one another as several victims lie on backboards waiting to be put into ambulances.

Topeka Police say they have a problem with young people hanging out on Wanamaker on Friday and Saturday nights drag racing, doing donuts in the parking lots and loitering. They say they have a hard time controlling the problem because they cannot make people leave parking lots like Taco Bell, McDonald's and Pizza Hut because they are open late. They say they leave it up to the parents to enforce curfews to that this type of loitering isn't happening.

Police have not released information in regards to citations. They say speed and alcohol will be investigation in the accident, although will not confirm if any were a result.

Responding to the accident was Topeka Police, AMR & The Topeka Fire Department.

Wanamaker was allowed to re-open to traffic around 12:30AM Sunday.


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