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Driver of injury accident missing
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Deputies found blood, but no driver, at the scene of an accident early Friday.

According to a report from the Barton County Sheriff’s Office, a gold, 1999 Chrysler Sebring was found on top of a rock pile on North U.S. 281 at mile marker 113, about 7.5 miles north of Great Bend. They believe they know who the driver is, but as of late Saturday morning they had not been able to locate that individual.

Authorities believe the driver lost control of the northbound car and hit the east guardrail sometime between 12:30 and 3 a.m. Friday. The car went into the ditch and came to rest on top of a rock pile east of Bridge No. 96. Although the driver left the scene, there was blood near the driver and passenger seat.

Sheriff Greg Armstrong said no foul play is suspected, and the amount of blood in the car did not lead him to believe there were life-threatening injuries. Area hospitals were checked with no success.