RUSSELL — Two Russell teenagers were injured Sunday when a pickup left the roadway as the driver reached across for a cellphone in Russell County.
Kansas Highway Patrol reports the crash occurred at 6:20 p.m., 2.8 miles south of Interstate 70 and 3 miles west of Russell on 181st St. Layn Logsdon, 16, was driving the southbound 1997 Chevrolet 1500. The vehicle went into the west ditch and struck a driveway entrance, became airborne and struck the ground front-end first, causing it to flip end to end. It then went through a post and barbed wire fence, coming to rest on its wheels in a pasture. Logsdon and his passenger, 14-year-old Emme Pfannenstiel, were both taken to Russell Regional Hospital. KHP reports both were wearing seat belts.
Another one-vehicle crash was reported at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Russell County, 12 miles east of U.S. 281 on I-70.
Pat W. Kury, 49, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, was traveling east in a 2011 Nissan Rogue that went off the roadway to the right and entered the south ditch. The vehicle went through a barbed wire fence and continued southeast across old U.S. 40. The vehicle then went airborne and entered into a pasture, landing on its wheels, but continued southeast, struck a tree and overturned one-half turn onto its roof.
Kury was taken to Russell Regional Hospital. He had also been wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.