A Great Bend woman was seriously injured Monday night when the four-wheeler she was operating struck a trash truck owned by the City of Great Bend, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said. Katie Baker, 34, was flown by air ambulance to a Wichita area hospital where she was listed in “critical but stable condition” Tuesday morning.
According to a statement issued Tuesday morning, the Great Bend Police Department responded to the injury crash at 9:15 p.m. Monday at the intersection of 19th and Jackson. Upon arrival, police officers discovered a city-owned vehicle had been involved. As per city policy, an outside agency was notified and the BCSO responded to the scene.
Bellendir said a city-owned trash truck operated by Roberto Hernandez, age 55 of Great Bend, was eastbound on 19th St. and a 2015 Arctic Cat XR700, operated by Baker, was southbound on Jackson Street.
“Investigation indicates Baker failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection and struck the trash truck broadside,” Bellendir stated, adding she was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision. “She was taken to KU Med in Great Bend and later transported by aircraft to a Wichita area hospital.”
The sheriff added that Hernandez was not injured.