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Child killed, another critically injured in Maize traffic accident

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at 1:29 p.m.
  • Updated Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at 9:14 p.m.

A collision between a tanker truck and a minivan Thursday killed a 3-year-old Halstead boy and critically injured his 9-month-old sister, Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter said.

It appears their mother ran a red light on 119th Street West at 53rd Street North in Maize, Easter said. She suffered non-life-threatening injuries, he said. The accident occurred about 12:30 p.m.

The 30-year-old woman and her children were taken by ambulance to Wichita hospitals. The boy apparently was ejected in his car seat, and he was pronounced dead at a hospital, Easter said.

When deputies and emergency crews responded, they found the woman holding the 9-month-old. It appears both children had been in car seats; it’s not clear how the boy was thrown from the vehicle, Easter said.

The driver of the crude oil tank truck, which had very little oil on board, was not injured.

Easter gave this account:

The gold Chevrolet minivan was going north on 119th and ran a red light, and the tanker truck, going west on 53rd, hit the van and pushed it into a utility pole. The tanker truck ended up on its side near the smashed van.

“As you can see, it’s a pretty brutal accident,” Easter said during a media briefing at the scene.

The accident occurred in a 45-mph speed zone.

The intersection used to have only stop signs, but after fatal accidents over the years, traffic lights were installed, Easter said.

According to Kansas Department of Transportation data from 2004 through 2011, there have been 31 accidents at the intersection. Those accidents killed two people and injured 22.

Contributing: Hurst Laviana of The Eagle

Reach Tim Potter at 316-268-6684 or tpotter@wichitaeagle.com.

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