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Snow on I-70 causes injury accidents
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Kansas Highway Patrol responded to three injury accidents Thursday on Interstate 70.

The first accident occurred at 4:25 a.m. in Trego County, 1.5 miles east of Collier. Lauren Higginbotham, 24, of Farmington, N.M., was eastbound in a 2008 Ford truck and lost control on icy roads. The truck entered the south ditch and rolled approximately 1.5 times. The driver was taken to WaKeeney Hospital.

A westbound motorist who was passing a semitrailer at 10 a.m. in Rush County lost control of a 2007 Mazda passenger car due to road conditions, and the rear of the car was struck by the semi. The accident occurred 9.2 miles east of Russell.

The car was driven by Christine M. Favilla, 37, from Elsah, Ill. Passengers were Michael C. Favilla, 37; Braedon A. Favilla, 12; and Adrianna N. Webb, 3. The Kenworth semi was driven by Juan Antonio Martinez, 63, of Glendale, Ariz. All were wearing safety restraints.

Braedon Favilla was transported to Russell Regional Hospital with undetermined injuries. No one else was injured.

At 12:25 p.m. Thursday, another vehicle went off I-70 on a snow-covered area in Ellsworth County – just west of the Ellsworth exit – and rolled. That vehicle was a 2004 Dodge pickup driven by Cory R. Turley, 23, of Palisade, Colo. He was taken to Ellsworth Medical Center with undetermined injuries, and passenger Deidra Cook, 23, of Grand Junction, Colo., was taken to the hospital with a possible injury. Both were wearing seat belts.