16-year-old avoids serious injuries in rollover crash near Washburn Rural

No serious injuries were reported in a one-car, rollover crash Wednesday morning in the 5200 block of S.W. 61st. (Phil Anderson/The Capital-Journal)

A 16-year-old boy escaped serious injury Wednesday morning when the car he was driving rolled in a single-vehicle crash just southwest of Topeka.


The crash was reported at 7:47 a.m. Wednesday in the 5200 block of S.W. 61st, just east of Fairlawn Road.

Shawnee County Sheriff’s Deputy Craig Cochran said at the scene that a black, four-door Ford 500 was traveling west on S.W. 61st when the driver lost control of the car, which went off the north side of the road, entered a ditch and rolled at least once.

The vehicle came to rest on its wheels and came facing south in a large yard of a residence.

The driver who was alone in the vehicle and was wearing a seat belt, Cochran said. The driver was evaluated at the scene by American Medical Response ambulance personnel and didn’t require further treatment.

Cochran said the driver was headed to Washburn Rural, which is about a half-mile to the west of the crash site.

The vehicle was disabled and was to be towed from the scene.

In addition to Shawnee County sheriff’s deputies, officers from the Auburn-Washburn school district police and personnel from Mission Township Fire Department responded to the scene.