Trio hurt in KTA crash southwest of Emporia

An accident about 20 miles southwest of Emporia caused the hospitalization of several people early Saturday.

Two cars collided on the Kansas Turnpike around 1:30 am.

The Kansas Turnpike says a northbound car driven by 44-year-old Michael Larson of Gering, Neb., rear-ended a car driven by 24-year-old Jason Sweet of Chula Vista, Calif.

The Turnpike Authority does not have additional crash details, but Emporia firefighter Tony Fuller says one vehicle was parked on the side of the highway and the second vehicle clipped the parked car after approaching from behind.

Both Larson and Sweet were hospitalized at Newman Regional Health, as was the passenger in Sweet's car, 36-year-old Douglas Eitler of Alliance, Neb. The hospital does not release patient conditions to the media. Fuller says none of the injuries were life-threatening and all involved were wearing seat belts.

9 am: Firefighters called out to KTA wreck

Firefighters from Fire Station Number 2 responded to an accident at Mile Post 106 on the Kansas Turnpike at 1:30 am.

Firefighter Tony Fuller says the accident involved two vehicles, one which was pulled over to the side and the second, which clipped the parked vehicle after approaching from behind. Fuller says three patients were treated and transported to Newman Regional Health for further evaluation. He said none of the injuries were life threatening and that all passengers were wearing seat belts.

KVOE News reporter Kyle Thompson contributed to this report.

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