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Wintry conditions lead to multiple crashes Tuesday night

The Barton County Sheriff’s Office reported wintery weather which caused slick, snow-packed conditions was a contributing factor to three crashes in rural Barton County Tuesday night.

At about 6:06 p.m., A 1997 Ford F-150 driven by 31-year-old Duke Turner of Hoisington collided with a 1996 Chevrolet Lumina driven by Brian Thompson, also of Hoisington, at the intersection of NW 10 Ave. and NW 30 Road north of Great Bend.

Deputies report that Thompson, traveling west on NW 30 Road, was unable to stop at the stop sign at the intersection, and struck the Ford F-150 which was traveling north on NW 10 Ave. The Ford went into the northwest ditch and struck the Lumina in the rear driver quarter panel. The Lumina came to rest facing east in the middle of NW 10 Ave. Megan Thompson, 29, a passenger in the Lumina, was treated for minor injuries and released at the scene by Great Bend Fire Department EMS.

At around 10:53 p.m., deputies responded to two separate single-vehicle crashes along U.S. 56 near Dundee, southwest of Great Bend.

In the first, A 2013 Dodge Charger driven by Matthew Ford, 29, of Great Bend, was eastbound on U.S. 56 near mile marker 196. Ford lost control of the vehicle due to poor road conditions. The car started to slide sideways into the north ditch, entered the north ditch facing east, and struck the garage of a residence in the 600 block of U.S. 56 with the passenger side. The vehicle spun through the driveway and came to rest facing east in the north ditch. Ford and his passenger, Michelle Castro, 22, of Great Bend, were not injured.

In the second, a 2018 Nissan Kicks driven by Tiele Stephens, 21, of Hoisington, was eastbound near mile marker 197 when Stephens lost control of the vehicle due to poor road conditions. The vehicle began to slide sideways into the south ditch, entered the south ditch, and struck a field drive on the east side of Dundee. The vehicle launched over the field drive and nosedived on the south side of U.S. 56, then rolled one full time before coming to rest in the roadway. Stephens was treated by Great Bend Fire EMS at the scene, and released after being determined not to have injuries. There were no passengers in the vehicle at the time.

In all three crashes, all drivers and passengers were wearing their seat belts.