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Minor injuries reported in car-semi collision
A first responder is shown at the scene of a car-semi crash Friday morning at NE 50 Road and NW 30 Ave. The driver of the car was treated at the scene for lacerations but declined an ambulance; the truck driver was not injured. - photo by Barton County Sheriff's Office

The intersection at NE 50 Road and NW 30 Ave. in Barton County was closed for approximately two hours on Friday after a car pulled in front of a semi-trailer loaded with distillers grain shortly after 10 a.m., Sheriff Brian Bellendir said. One driver reported minor injuries.

The BCSO was dispatched at 10:05 a.m. and deputies arrived to find a 2017 Toyota Prius operated by Shay McCoskey, age 34, of Great Bend, had been struck broadside by a 2018 Peterbilt operated by Donald Berens, age 60, of Russell.

“The accident investigation indicates the Toyota was westbound on 50 Road and failed to yield right-of-way at the stop sign at the intersection of 30 Avenue,” Bellendir stated. “The southbound truck-tractor combination was unable to stop. Upon impact, the Toyota was pushed south of the intersection approximately 430 feet by the loaded truck. McCoskey received minor lacerations and declined transport by ambulance. Berens was not injured in the collision.

“The roadway was closed for approximately two hours while the Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation and crews from the Barton County Highway Department cleared the road of spilled grain. The Sheriff’s office was assisted at the scene by units from the Great Bend Fire Department and EMS as well as a unit from the Kansas Highway Patrol.”

Distillers grain was spilled along NW 30 Ave. after a southbound rig struck a Toyota Prius. - photo by Barton County Sheriff's Office