A mixture of snow and sleet began falling in Barton County Wednesday evening, which led to a number of weather-related accidents. Kansas Highway Patrol responded to two injury accidents in Barton County and one in Ellsworth County, all between 7:28 and 10:22 a.m. on Thursday.
A Hoisington woman was injured at 7:28 a.m., after another car slid on ice south of Great Bend and hit the car she was driving head-on.
The accident occurred 2 miles south of Great Bend on U.S. 281. A 2003 Dodge driven by Debra V. Larkin, 36, Great Bend, was southbound when she lost control due to the ice. The car crossed the center line and struck a 2002 Dodge driven by Krystal Dawn Wohlcke, 36, Hoisington. Wohlcke was taken to Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington.
Larkin was not injured.
Both drivers were wearing seat belts.
The cars were removed by Marshall's and Doonan's.
Another Barton County injury accident was reported by the KHP at 9:97 a.m., when a 1998 Ford pickup slid into a ditch 1 mile east of Ellinwood on U.S. 56 and struck a Hesston swather that was legally parked. The driver was Kevin Lynn Beagley, 45, of Lyons. He sustained possible injury and was taken to Ellinwood District Hospital. He was wearing a seat belt. Passenger Frederick Allen Bannon, 55, also of Lyons, was taken to the same hospital with undetermined injuries. He was not wearing a seat belt.
KHP responded to an injury accident in Ellsworth County at 10:22 a.m., 10 miles north of Ellsworth on Interstate 70. A 2003 Jeep Liberty was westbound and changing from the right lane to the left lane when the driver lost control. The Jeep entered the north ditch and struck a tree. Driver Tessa Eve Zee, 18, from Erie, Colo., was taken to the Ellsworth County Medical Center with undetermined injuries. She was wearing a seat belt.
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The Barton County Sheriff’s Office call log also shows a Dodge Durango rolled and the driver was trapped inside at 10:11 p.m. Wednesday on K-96, in what was actually a Rush County injury accident between County Road 350 and County Road 360. Rush County responded, with mutual aid from the Albert Fire Department.
No information was available Thursday from Rush County.
BCSO also took note of several vehicles in ditches, but in most cases no accident report was needed, between 9:34 p.m. Wednesday and 2:50 a.m. Thursday.
The Kansas Highway Patrol accident reports were previously posted elsewhere on this website.