The Barton County Sheriff’s Office worked a pair of injury accidents over the weekend.
At 7 p.m. on Friday Sheriff’s officers responded to a four vehicle, chain reaction accident.
The accident occurred at milepost 208 on US 56 Highway, just east of the City of Great Bend.
A vehicle operated by Taaron Drescher was westbound on U.S. 56 and stopped in the roadway to avoid an eastbound vehicle that was passing with insufficient clearance.
A second vehicle driven by Kati Near, age 28 of Hoxie slowed behind the Drescher vehicle.
A third vehicle driven by Joanna Strecker, age 16 of Ellinwood also slowed down and stopped in the roadway to avoid the near vehicle.
The fourth vehicle evidently did not realize the vehicles ahead of him had slowed and struck the Strecker vehicle, causing the chain reaction accident.
The fourth vehicle was operated by Jeremy Cordre, age 30 of Topeka.
All drivers refused transport to the hospital. The Sheriff’s office was assisted at the scene by Great Bend Fire Dept. and EMS units.
The second accident investigated by the Sheriff’s Office was a single vehicle rollover accident.
The accident occurred at 3:40 a.m. on Sunday, The occupants of the vehicle left the scene.
A 2005 Nissan Altima, black in color was southbound in the 200 block of Northwest 20 Avenue.
Investigation indicates the driver lost control of the vehicle, went off the roadway on the west side and impacted the ditch. The vehicle then rolled over one time.
When Sheriff’s deputies arrived no occupants were found at the scene.
Two passengers were later located at Great Bend Regional Hospital several hours later.
One of the passengers, a 13-year-old juvenile was transported to Wichita with head injuries.
The other 13-year-old passenger was treated and released.
The driver of a vehicle was a 15-year-old from Great Bend.
The accident is currently under investigation.
The names of the juveniles are being withheld, due to the possibility of criminal charges. This accident remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.