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Vehicle rear-ended on U.S. 281 Tuesday
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A Great Bend man was taken to Great Bend’s hospital on Tuesday after the vehicle he was driving was rear-ended on U.S. 281, approximately 1.5 miles south of Great Bend.

Kansas Highway Patrol reports a 2000 Chevrolet Blazer driven by Donald R. Short, 58, of Great Bend, was stopped waiting to turn into a residence at 166 South U.S. 281 at 5:34 p.m. A 2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by Lakkin K. Schoenherr, 27, of Pratt, rear-ended the Blazer, which left the roadway, entered the east ditch and struck an AT&T phone line box.

Schoenherr and a 5-year-old passenger in a booster seat had no apparent injuries.

Short had a suspected minor injury and was taken to the University of Kansas Medical Center Health System - Great Bend Campus.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts.

A similar crash occurred the day before.

Two motorists were taken to the University of Kansas Health System - Great Bend Campus on Monday after one vehicle rear-ended another on U.S. 281 at SE 20 Road, 1.5 miles south of Great Bend. Their injuries were believed to be minor.

Kansas Highway Patrol reports a 2010 Buick Lacrosse driven by Angela Christine Hansen, 55, of Great Bend, was southbound on U.S. 281, and was stopped waiting to make a left turn on SE 20 Road. A 2008 Jeep Patriot driven by Kaylynn Machell Claussen, 17, of St. John, was southbound behind the Buick and rear-ended it.

Claussen had a possible injury and complained of neck pain and Hansen had a suspected minor injury. Both were wearing seat belts.