Hwy. 24 Reopens | Driver Identified In Wreck Near Douglas Co. Line

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- A stretch of Highway 24 near the border between Douglas Co. and Jefferson Co. re-opened Wednesday evening after being closed four hours due to a mid-afternoon wreck.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says the wreck happened just 2 pm Wednesday about four miles north of Lawrence.

According to the KHP crash log, a 1992 Buick LeSabre by 49-year-old Joseph Sauer of Waterville was passing an eastbound truck hauling trash for Hamm Quarry when the truck started to make a left turn onto 3rd Street. The Buick ran into the truck's trailer, ending up lodged beneath it.

Sauer was life-flighted to KU Medical Center with serious injuries. The truck's driver, 52-year-old Kevin Hooper of Topeka, was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

Highway 24 was shut down in that area for four hours while authorities investigated. The highway re-opened just before 6 pm.