JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (KSNT) – Six people were taken to the hospital Wednesday afternoon following a crash in Geary County.
The Kansas Highway Patrol reports that around noon Wednesday, a Kansas Department of Transportation truck was in the left lane slowing down on westbound I-70 to make a U-turn through a divided cross over. KHP says the KDOT driver activated all emergency lights.
A 1999 Chevy Tahoe was traveling behind the truck when it observed the lights being activated and started to slow down. A 2010 Honda Odyssey was traveling in the right line behind heavy traffic and saw the KDOT truck in the cross over but did not see the Tahoe in the inside lane. The driver of the Odyssey pulled into the left lane to pass slower traffic and noticed the Tahoe was directly in front traveling at a slower speed. The driver of the Odyssey attempted to brake but rear ended the Tahoe. KHP says the Tahoe continued on about 500 feet before exiting the interstate and driving 100 feet north into a ditch. The Odyssey spun out into the north ditch at the same location.
The driver and passenger of the Tahoe, identified as 73-year-old Barbara A. Johnson and 79-year-old Leander F. Johnson, both of Dorrance, Kansas, were taken to Geary Community Hospital with injuries not life-threatening.
The driver of the Odyssey, identified as 30-year-old Jamie E. Bratcher, of Chapman, and three children ages 4,7 and 9 were injured in the crash. Jamie and her 9-year-old son were taken to Geary Community Hospital.
KHP tells KSNT News that the 4-year-old and 7-year-old were both not properly restrained in their booster seats. The 7-year-old boy was taken to Salina Regional Health Center and the 4-year-old girl was taken to Wesley Medical Center.
The driver of the KDOT truck was not injured. KHP reports everyone but the 4 and 7 year old were wearing a seatbelt.