A man in his 20s who suffered critical injuries was among three hurt in a head-on crash Tuesday evening near Oliver and 13th, Wichita police Sgt. Bart Brunscheen said.
Authorities think “a dog or person or both in the road somehow caused” one passenger car to cross the center line and strike another, he said. First responders found the man, of Wichita, pinned and unconscious in the northbound car; a 3-year-old boy was riding in the backseat.
The man suffered a head injury, bruises and a broken left femur, Brunscheen said. The boy had minor facial bruising and bleeding. Both were transported to Wesley Medical Center for treatment, he said.
The woman driving the southbound car refused treatment at the scene but later was taken to Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis in fair condition, he said.
Authorities weren’t immediately sure which car veered into the oncoming lane because officers encountered a language barrier when they tried to interview the woman, Brunscheen said. The man remained unconscious Tuesday evening, he said.
The crash happened at about 7 p.m. in the 1100 block of North Oliver, south of 13th.
Brunscheen said firefighters took the 3-year-old out of a child safety seat before police arrived on the scene.