On Monday morning, Kansas Highway Patrol responded to at least three injury accidents caused by icy roads. KHP also responded to accidents Friday and Saturday, in which central Kansas residents were injured.
At 4 a.m. Monday, a car slid on an icy bridge on I-135 in Saline County and struck pedestrian Joel P. Longbine, 47, of Sedgwick, who had stopped to assist someone in a parked vehicle. Longbine was taken to the McPherson County Health Center and later transferred to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.
Another ice-related injury accident occurred when a semitrailer rolled at 6:20 a.m. on K-61, about 5 miles north of Hutchinson in Reno County.
At 7:10 a.m., a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Luke A. Snyder, 30, of St. John, was westbound on U.S. 50 in Edwards County when it hit an icy snow packed section of highway 2 miles west of Belpre and skidded out of control. The car collided head-on with an eastbound Freightliner semitrailer driven by David Posada-Martinez, 51, of Garden City. The semi went into the south ditch and jack-knifed while the car continued spinning on the ice down the road into the south ditch.
Snyder was taken to the Edwards County Hospital with undetermined injuries. He was not wearing a seat belt. His car was removed by Midway Towing.
The semi driver was wearing a seat belt and was not injured. The rig was removed by Southwest Towing.
Two people were also injured Saturday afternoon when a pickup rear-ended another truck in Pawnee County, 1.5 miles north of Burdett.
KHP reports that around 3:20 p.m., Geoffrey Clyde Norris, 59, of Burdett, was driving a 1987 Chevy truck and slowed to look for a field entrance 0.5 miles north of O Road on 345th Ave. The other driver, Burke Lane Pelton, 30, also of Burdett, failed to see the truck slowing and ran into it. Pelton was driving a 2007 GMC Sierra. He and his 2-year-old passenger were not injured. Both were wearing safety restraints.
Geoffrey Norris and 16-year-old Marie Anastasia Norris of Burdett were taken to Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned with undetermined injuries. They were not wearing seat belts at the time of the accident.
Friday at 11:45 p.m., Paige L. Stephenson, 19, Sterling, was driving north on K-14 in Reno County and swerved to miss a deer. The driver over-corrected and the 2001 Chevy Cavalier went into the ditch and overturned. She was wearing a seat belt. She was taken to Hutchinson Regional Medical Center and the car was removed by Don’s Car Care.