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Heavy Hail Causes Rollover on I-70, Injures Eight

Rollover AccidentEight people, including six high school students, are recovering after a rollover wreck in Russell County on a hail-covered road.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says the two-vehicle accident happened Wednesday on Interstate 70 five miles east of Russell at mile marker 189.

The patrol says a sports utility vehicle carrying six students from Clifton-Clyde High School slid across a median when the driver, 29-year-old Laura Kay Stunkel of Palmer, lost control after driving over some hail.

The SUV struck a vehicle driven by 53-year-old Shawnee resident Melinda Smith.

All the injured were taken to Russell Regional Hospital by Russell County EMS ambulance. The extent of their injuries was not immediately available.

Along with EMS, the Russell County Sheriff's Office also responded.

Clifton-Clyde High School is located in Clifton, and has about 80 students.

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