Trio suffer minor injuries after distracted driving crash on Turnpike

An injury accident on the Kansas Turnpike sent three elderly people to the hospital the afternoon of Thursday, Oct. 7. The accident happened around 2 pm, at Milepost 115 on the Kansas Turnpike, near the Lyon-Chase County line.

According to Emporia Fire Captain Rick Peck, a 2005 Buick driven by a 75-year old man was northbound on the KTA when his 73-year old wife dropped the change for the upcoming toll booth. The man reached down to pick up the change, and somehow lost control of the vehicle and left the roadway, jumping an 8-foot ditch in the process.

The vehicle caught fire, and also sparked a small grassfire nearby. Fire and EMS crews responded, quickly extinguishing the fire and transporting the husband and wife, and a third elderly person name and age unknown, to Newman Regional Health for minor injuries.

Highway Patrol Captain of the Kansas Turnpike Joe Bott encourages people to keep their eyes on the road.

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Bott says distracted driving can fall under the charge of reckless driving, and you can be prosecuted for it on a county level.

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