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Three Crashes Send Four to Hospitals

crash 20120326_1212815006Three separate crashes on I-70 on Friday, one in Russell County, two in Ellsworth County sent four people to hospitals.

The first crash happened near Wilson Exit 206 just after 10:30 Friday morning injuring a mother and daughter from Colorado.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, 32-year-old Rebecca Salley of Denver, Colorado was driving west bound on I-70 when the left wheels of her 2002 Chevrolet passenger car dropped off the left side of the roadway. She then over corrected and the vehicle came back on the road and crossed both west bound lanes. The vehicle entered the north ditch and turned broadside then rolled one and a half times and came to a rest on it's top.   Salley was life flighted to Wichita via EagleMed. The extent of her injuries is unknown at this time.   Salley's 2-year-old daughter, Gabrielle, who was riding in the vehicle at the time of the crash, was taken to Ellsworth Hospital after she also sustained injuries. The extent of her injuries is unknown.   Both Salley and her daughter were wearing safety restraints.

The second crash happened around 3:30 Friday afternoon about a mile west of the first rollover crash. The Kansas Highway Patrol says that 18-year-old Ashleigh Bunkerof Ellis was driving westbound on I-70 in a 1997 Dodge Intrepid at mile marker 205 when she crossed the median and entered the east bound lanes where the vehicle rolled, coming to rest on its side in the roadway.

34-year-old Mario Gonzalez of Houston, Texas driving a Kenworth Semi Truck and took evasive action as the car was coming at him and swerved to the right, into the south ditch where the load, a large pile driver, came off of the trailer.

Bunker was taken to Russell Regional Hospital with possible injuries while Gonzales was not injured. Both Bunker and Gonzales were wearing safety restraints.

The third crash happened just before 4 on Friday afternoon in Russell County. The Kansas Highway Patrol says that 45-year-old Larry Delozier driving a Ford Escape and 49-year-old Douglas Shearer driving a Dodge Charger were both eastbound on I-70 about five miles west of Russell when as Shearer was preparing to make a left turn onto a crossover. Delozier, in an attempt to avoid a collision with a third vehicle and unable to see Shearer, drove left and entered the median, striking Shearer's vehicle broadside.

Shearer was taken to Russell Regional Hospital. Delozier was not injured. Both were wearing safety restraints.   

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