Man who was in coma following K-10 accident has died

A 45-year-old Missouri man died Monday after he was injured in January in a crash on Kansas Highway 10 near De Soto, according to a Kansas City, Kan., funeral home.

Barry L. Clemons, of Raytown, was injured the afternoon of Jan. 6 when his westbound pickup truck was struck by a trailer that had come loose from an eastbound vehicle near Lexington Avenue. The Kansas Highway Patrol the day after the accident warned drivers to make sure trailers were secured to their vehicles, and troopers had said they expected to ticket the driver of the eastbound pickup truck, Jerold D. Evans, of Lawrence, for failing to secure a load.

Family members in the past said Clemons had been in a coma since the accident. He died Monday, according to Highland Park Funeral Home and Crematory. Services are scheduled for noon Thursday at Holmeswood Baptist Church in Kansas City, Mo. According to news reports, Clemons was a longtime minister who conducted weddings in the Kansas City area.

A Kansas University student Briana Arensberg in October 2010 suffered an arm injury on K-10 near Eudora when another trailer broke loose from an eastbound pickup truck and struck her westbound car. Kansas Department of Transportation leaders earlier this month approved a plan for next summer to place cable median barriers along two 2-mile stretches of K-10 near Eudora and the junction with Kansas Highway 7 in Johnson County.

The project came after a public outcry for more safety measures from cross-median crashes on K-10, including an April double fatality crash near Eudora that killed 5-year-old Cainan Shutt.

By George Diepenbrock


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