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Injury crash reported east of Great Bend Friday

Two people were injured Friday evening when two vehicles collided on U.S. 56 just east of Great Bend.

According to a Barton County Sheriff’s Office report, a 2009 Ford Taurus driven by 36-year-old Ashley Kroulik of Great Bend was eastbound on U.S. 56 just east of the city when Kroulik pulled over onto the shoulder and attempted to make a U-turn on the highway. The car pulled into the path of a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by 22-year-old Jose Burgarini, also of Great Bend, that was also eastbound on U.S. 56.

Burgarini attempted to evade Kroulik’s vehicle, swerving into the westbound lane, but was struck on the front right quarter panel by the Taurus. The Taurus then spun counterclockwise a quarter turn to the southwest, and came to rest. Burgarini’s vehicle moved southeast along the highway before it also came to rest.

Kroulik and a passenger in her vehicle, 44-year-old Megan Luck of Hoisington, were both transported to University of Kansas Medical Center - Great Bend Campus by Great Bend Fire and EMS personnel with unspecified injuries. BCSO reports Burgarini was not injured in the crash. All occupants were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.

In addition to Great Bend EMS, BCSO was assisted at the scene by the Great Bend Police Department and Kansas Highway Patrol.