Icy roads contributed to injury accidents in central Kansas, including a fatal rollover Thanksgiving Day in Hodgeman County. Kansas Highway Patrol responded to that accident, and to an injury accident Thursday in Ness County. There was also an injury accident Friday in Russell County.
The accident fatal accident occurred at 1:55 p.m. Thursday on K-156, 7.3 miles east of U.S. 283.
A 2005 Chevrolet carryall driven by Frank Espinoza, 70, of Hanston, was eastbound when he lost control of the vehicle. It entered the north ditch and rolled. He was taken to Hodgeman County Health Center and later died of injuries. Also taken to the health center was Sherlyn R. Espinoza, 50, with undetermined injuries.
The vehicle was removed by Southwest Tow.
Three people were injured at 6:38 p.m. Thursday on K-96 in Ness County, 2 miles east of Bazine.
A westbound 2000 Buick Park Ave. driven by William Dean Cole, 87, of Ness City, slid on the ice, spun around and struck an eastbound 2010 Toyota Camry driven by Adrienne Lynne Walker, 19, of Larned.
Cole and Walker were taken to the Ness County Hospital, as was Walker’s passenger, 49-year-old Lori Beth Miller of Great Bend.
The vehicles were removed by R & R Wrecker to WaKeeney.
Two people were injured Friday morning when a 2010 Dodge pickup slid off Interstate 70 in Russell County, approximately 8 miles west of Russell.
Luis Vaquera-Pimentel, 40, of Santa Fe, N.M., was driving east at 8:42 a.m. when he lost control on the ice. The pickup rolled into the south ditch, landing on the driver’s side. He and passenger Silvia Vaquera-Pimentel were taken to the Russell County Hospital. Another adult male passenger and a 4-year-old boy in the pickup were not injured.
The vehicle was removed by A & D towing, Russell.
All of the motorists and passengers were wearing safety restraints.