A Stafford woman died Monday when the car she was driving was hit from behind and pushed into the path of an oncoming semitrailer in Pratt County.
Kansas Highway Patrol reports Virginia H. Sell, 78, died at the scene.
She was driving east on K-61, three miles west of Preston, at 3:16 p.m., and was slowing or stopped attempting a left turn onto NE 70 Ave. The Ford Sell was driving was hit from behind by a Dodge driven by Jennifer Ann Dale, 35, of Preston, who was not wearing a seat belt and suffered injury. She was taken to Via Christi Health’s St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.
A Via Christi spokesman said Dale was in fair condition Tuesday evening.
The westbound semi was driven by Anthony Franklin Villanueva, 41, of Aurora, Mo. Villanueva and a passenger in the sleeper compartment of the semi were not injured.
Sell had been wearing a seat belt.
KHP also responded to an injury accident in Reno County at 2:08 p.m. Tuesday, in which motorists from Plevna and Stafford were injured. David L. Warren, 48, Plevna, was in an eastbound Chevrolet on U.S. 50, making a left turn onto northbound Whiteside Road (approximately six miles southwest of Hutchinson) and turned into the path of a Ford Econoline van driven by Thomas E. Coe, 48, of Stafford. The vehicles collided head-on.
Warren and Coe were both taken to Hutchinson Medical Center. The van was carrying three other people, and two of them were injured. Denea M. Galliart, 58, was taken to Hutchinson Medical Center, and Brenda L. Sears, 42, of Stafford, was taken to St. Francis.
All of those involved in the accident were wearing seat belts.
A Via Christi spokesman said Sears was in fair condition Tuesday evening.