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3-year-old dies from injuries from East Kellogg van collision

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at 9:01 a.m.
  • Updated Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at 5:55 p.m.

A 3-year-old child injured when two vans collided in an east Wichita intersection has died.

Seven people — two adults and five children — were hurt when the vans crashed at 8:06 a.m. at Kellogg and Zelta, authorities said Thursday morning. Wichita police Lt. Doug Nolte said by e-mail Thursday afternoon that one of the children had “died of his injuries.”

Another child riding in the same van remains in critical condition, he said in the e-mail.

The 3-year-old’s name has not yet been released. More information is expected during a media briefing Friday morning at City Hall.

The accident occurred when a green minivan was stopped at the intersection on Kellogg and Zelta and attempted to turn north on Zelta, according to Nolte, spokesman for the Wichita police department. Although the driver of a red minivan who was heading west through the intersection attempted to swerve his vehicle to avoid hitting the green van, his van broadsided the green van. The green van was carrying five children — ages 1, 3, 5, 6 and 10 years old. Three of the children were ejected from the green van.

All seven people were rushed to Wesley Medical Center for treatment shortly after the vans collided at the intersection, located east of Greenwich Road. Two had potentially critical injuries, four had moderate injuries and one suffered minor injuries.

“Two of the children were taken in serious condition,” Nolte said. “The 5-year-old is in critical condition.”

The driver of the red minivan received minor injuries.

Westbound traffic on Kellogg was diverted onto K-96 following the crash.

Contributing: Amy Renee Leiker of The Wichita Eagle

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com.

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