Man injured in crash Tuesday in south Topeka after car slams into building

A man suffered what police described as potentially life-threatening injuries early Tuesday in a one-car crash in south Topeka.


The crash was reported at 4:07 a.m. in the 3300 block of S. Kansas Avenue.

Police Lt. Andrew Beightel said at the scene that a four-door Buick was traveling north on S. Kansas Avenue when the driver lost control.

Beightel said the car appeared to have slid sideways across the southbound lane and struck a curb before possibly going airborne.

The car then slammed into a brick office building at 3301 S. Kansas Ave., taking out two windows and causing “slight structural damage,” Beightel said.

The mangled car came to rest facing east in a grassy area on the east side of the building. Debris from the car was strewn near the crash site.

The Topeka Fire Department had to extricate the driver from the car.

The driver, who was alone in the vehicle, then was taken by American Medical Response ambulance to a Topeka hospital. He was listed in stable condition as of 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Police were blocking southbound traffic on S. Kansas Avenue at S.W. 33rd Street as of 5 a.m. Tuesday. Beightel said southbound traffic at that location likely would be shut down for “a few hours” Tuesday morning as officers complete their investigation and diagram the scene.

Northbound traffic on S. Kansas Avenue is being allowed to proceed.

It was the first of two cars-into-buildings on Tuesday in Topeka.

Contact reporter Phil Anderson at (785) 295-1195 or follow live reports @Philreports on Twitter. Like him on Facebook at

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